2. La Dolce Vita (1960) Italy, bw #74
3. La Strada (1954) #114
4. Nights of Cabiria (1957) Italy #172
5. Amarcord (1973) #254
6. I Vitelloni (1953) #348
7. Juliet of the Spirits (1965) #478
8. Fellini Satyricon (1969) #682
9. Fellini's Casanova (1976) #842
Many prefer the metaphor-laden surrealism of 8 ½, but I think I lean toward the realism of the decadent artists portrayed in La Dolce Vita. Both are classics. Wife Julietta Masina’s performance makes Nights of Cabiria a must-see for fans of Italian cinema, it’s a rare gem.
A more accessible film for the public may be the affable comedy Amarcord (1973), a beautifully shot color film about growing up in Italy. It's said that he wrote down his nightmares and dreams in a journal, hence the surrealist aspect of most of his films, as he's obviously attempting to partially film his own subconscious.
As a rule, I avoid all films with the filmmaker’s name in the title, lol..
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