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Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002)

Fellini: Je suis un grand menteur (original title)
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A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background and then discusses how he works and how he creates. Several actors, a producer, a ... See full summary »

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Damian Pettigrew

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Damian Pettigrew (scenario), Olivier Gal (scenario)
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Cast overview:
Roberto Benigni ... Himself / La Voce della Luna
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Rinaldo Geleng Rinaldo Geleng ... Himself / Peintre
Tullio Pinelli Tullio Pinelli ... Himself / Scénariste
Giuseppe Rotunno ... Himself / Directeur de la photographie
Terence Stamp ... Himself / Toby Dammit
Donald Sutherland ... Himself / Casanova
Daniel Toscan du Plantier Daniel Toscan du Plantier ... Himself / Producteur
Federico Fellini ... Himself (archive footage)
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A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background and then discusses how he works and how he creates. Several actors, a producer, a writer, and a production manager talk about working with Fellini. Archive footage of Fellini and others on the set plus clips from his films provide commentary and illustration for the points interviewees make. Fellini is fully in charge; actors call themselves puppets. He dismisses improvisation and calls for "availability." His sets and his films create images that look like reality but are not; we see the differences and the results. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

2 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fellini: I'm a Born Liar See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,981, 6 April 2003

Gross USA:

$106,080
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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Quotes

Federico Fellini: Spontaneity is the secret of life.
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Edited from Fellini Satyricon (1969) See more »

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For the afficionado - no lie.
15 April 2003 | by kayesterSee all my reviews

This film makes a lot more sense to someone who's seen many of Fellini's films, such as myself, than to someone who hasn't, such the person with whom I saw it. The film is Fellini the director on himself, the director. The comments by some of the people who worked on the films with him are very good, but too limited to do more than punctuate Fellini's self examination. What he has to say is very interesting, and makes me want to re-view some of the films I haven't watched in many years, especially "8 1/2". But this documentary is too long, too desultory, and simply too boring in its use of a single shot throughout the interview with Fellini to engage the more casual viewer.


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