Fellini - I'm a Born Liar (2003)
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A documentary analyzing the life and career of famed Italian director Federico Fellini (1920-1993), who directed a host of legendary films, including: "8 1/2" (Italy/1963), "Satyricon" (Italy/1969), "La Dolce Vita" (Italy/1960), and "Nights of Cabiria" (Italy/1957). Through interviews with famous talents who worked with him, scenes from his films--both released and unreleased--and interviews with the late director, himself, a chronicle builds which discusses themes of art, creation and the
Apr 11, 2003 Limited
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Fellini came close to painting his thoughts directly onto the screen. Born Liar honors this approach by putting lyricism ahead of clarity. You get the feeling that the maestro would appreciate the results.
Pettigrew's movie functions nicely as a posthumous couch trip, with Fellini explaining the soulful puppetry of his art without pulling the curtain up far enough to let you catch him pulling the strings.
A disappointment, not to mention a squandered opportunity.
It goes in circles and wears out its welcome, except for the most hard-core enthusiasts.
If you know little about Fellini, this is not the place to start. Begin with the films.
The film, for all its frustrating qualities, does bring us closer to this intriguing, seductive and admittedly devious artist.
Little appears to be filmed for the movie itself, or at least within the last decade, and the caliber tends to be less than a Bravo profile.
The filmmaker acknowledges the contradictions inherent in [Fellini's] surreal style.
Only those who are familiar with or curious about Fellini's work will find it a rewarding experience.
If you want to learn about Fellini, don't listen to him prattle on. Go rent 8 1/2 instead.
It almost seems that documentarian Damian Pettigrew didn't have enough Fellini material to draw from.
There may be better straight introductions to the accomplishments of this most poetic of cinematic artists, but for the already initiated this will serve as a welcome remembrance.
It's interesting, but I'm not sure how informative this documentary really is. Fellini fans will certainly appreciate it more than the casual moviegoers.
Born liar or windbag? Either way, Fellini clearly likes telling women to spread their legs. Wider.
Includes generous clips of Fellini's great 8 1/2 (1963) which is, to this day, clearly a more compelling Fellini biography than anything Pettigrew could have come up with.
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