10 Best Fellini Movies

Give your evening a surrealist twist with the ten best Fellini movies. At his best Frederico Fellini was a provocateur, using his films to explore the depths of the psyche. At his worst, he feeds reel after reel of mind bending insanity. Throughout his career, Fellini has been a director that you either loved or hated. People that love him enjoy the way his vague plots allow the audience to create their own interpretation of what is going on with the characters. Others find that his surrealist plot holes make his films nauseating and hard to follow. Whether you love or hate Fellini's work, the ten best Fellini films will give you something to talk about. 

  1. 8 1/2 (1963)– One of many Frederico Fellini's semi-autobiographical movies. Filled with beautiful sets and equally beautiful women, its the story of the drama, demands and heartaches suffered by a successful director. I don't quite understand what Fellini was complaining about. Better to be annoyed by the trappings of success than pain of being broke.
  2.  Ginger and Fred (1986)– Fellini's satire of the mindlessness of TV culture was way ahead of its time. Set against the back drop of a variety show as Italy's most revered dancing duo is reuniting, Ginger and Fred highlights the absurdity of a culture obsessed with television and its stars. In this movie, Fellini predicted the insanity of our reality TV obsessed culture decades before it happened, scary.
  3. La Dolce Vita (1960)– The story of a man juggling several woman and a career is a theme that Fellini movies explore a lot. La Dolce Vita, may feel a bit disjointed in some places, but it's disjointed insanity solidifies the chaos in the life of the characters. In classic Fellini style, this movie blends his love and fear of women with his search for spirituality.
  4. Fellini's Satyricon (1969) –  An odd Fellini movie that follows two friends as the kidnap a Roman God from her temple. When the God dies, the duo is punished with a nasty case of impotence. Watching two men running around Rome trying find a cure for limpness before the invention of the little blue pills is somewhere in between sad, funny and scary.
  5. Fellini's Roma (1972) – Probably one of the best examples of Fellini's fondness for the surreal. Roma has almost no plot, making it feel like snap shots of the city through the eyes of someone on a really weird acid trip. It's filled with huge pieces of Impressionistic art that range from stunning to all out frightening. It blends in elements of Fellini's own arrival in Rome as seen through the eyes of some of its most glamorous citizens.
  6. City of Women (1980)– Fellini movies like to explore the directors love and fear of women. When a man follows a beautiful woman off of a train he finds himself trapped inside of a hotel filled with beautiful women. His dream turns from sexy to scary fast, as he begins to realize that he's trapped with a group of feminists.
  7. Fellini's Casanova (1976)– Fellini elevates the story of the Libertine lover to a level above chick flick, making it one of the more tolerable movie versions of  Casanova.
  8. Fellini's Intervista (1987) – One of many interview movies done with Fellini over the years. Shooting the fist half of the documentary as a flashback with Fellini doing a voice over is interesting, but after that it deteriorates into a plain ol' documentary. Interesting but nothing to get terribly excited about.
  9. Four Ways Out (1951) – After robbing a bank four friends have to dodge the cops and figure out how to divide their ill gotten lot. Fellini's attempt at a comedy caper falls oddly flat, a rare miss for one of Italy's greatest directors.
  10. Fellini's I'm a Born Liar (2002) – Listening to different actors talk about how great Fellini is only fun for so long. And you can only listen to the man go on about his creative process so many times before you just don't care about it anymore. This is only one of many documentaries on Fellini, and it doesn't do anything to stand out.

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