Quote: “My work is my only relationship to everything.”
Known as: Italy’s most famous (and probably greatest) director. Beginning his career during the height of neorealism, he soon developed a highly personal style that combined wild, dreamlike visuals and autobiographical elements. His legacy includes some of cinema’s most enduring images, as well as the adjective named for him.
Debut: Variety Lights (1950)
Breakthrough: I Vitelloni (1953)
Masterpieces: La Strada (1954); 8 1/2 (1963)
Biggest Failure: Fellini’s Casanova (1976)
Overlooked Gem: Juliet of the Spirits (1965); City of Women (1981)
Influences: Giulietta Masina, Roberto Rossellini
Disciples: Lina Wertmuller, Woody Allen, Terry Gilliam, Roberto Benigni
Federico Fellini (1920-1993).