“From the paparazzi to celebrity reality TV, from HBO’s Rome to MTV’s Spring Break, they all owe a debt to Il Maestro Fellini.” – Exhibit organizer Noah Cowan
First, the TIFF Bell Lightbox took us into the twisted mind of a directorial genius through the Tim Burton Exhibit. Now, they’re presenting a new exhibition on an influential director from the other side of the pond: Frederico Fellini.
Fellini: Spectacular Obsessions looks at the great themes in the master’s work, with his passions, obsessions, and interest in pop culture reflected through more than 400 pieces, including photographs, original drawings, film posters, period magazines, interviews, clips, and a special display of his Book of Dreams – a hand-painted Jungian notebook depicting a frenetic fantasy life.
There will also be rare footage from Mastrona, an unfinished film about the afterlife, and original documentary footage of an incident in Milan that inspired the famous opening scene of Fellini’s masterpiece La Dolce Vita.
Most of the pieces have never been seen in North America before, and TIFF is proudly displaying the exhibition from June 30 to September 18, 2011.
In addition, there will be a curated film progamme from Noah Cowan with contributions from personalities like Atom Eyogan and Isabella Rossellini, who will pair their favorite Fellini film with another beloved film in a dream double bill. More details about these screenings will be released in the coming weeks.
For those who get burned-out by the sequels, remakes, and comic-book movies clogging up the multiplexes this summer, this exhibition should be a refreshing treat.
For more information on Fellini: Spectacular Obsessions, visit tiff.net/tiffbelllightbox