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Happy Deathday Federico Fellini

“Realism is a bad word. In a sense everything is realistic. I see no line between the imaginary and the real.” Not seeing a line between the imaginery and the real is probably a form of mental illness unless you happen to be Italian film director Federico Fellini, in which case, dream on baby! After living for 73 years and giving the world a unique body of work, Fellini died on this day in 1993 (as did River Phoenix who was 23). Some of Fellini’s thoughts on film and life bear acknowledging today. “A good opening and a good ending make for a good film providing they come close together.”  “All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.” “I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices. What role does silence have in all this noise?” “The artist is the medium between his fantasies and the rest of the world.” “You exist only in what you do.” “There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.” You can find an earlier post about Fellini directing and watch an erotic scene from Fellini Satyricon  here. What’s with deathday?

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Happy Birthday Robert Altman

Robert Altman directed 89 movies and TV series including Gosford Park, Nashville, The Player, Three Women,  The Long Goodbye, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Popeye, Streamers, MASH, and Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson. He grew up in Kansas City listening to swing and in 1997 Great Performances asked him to produce a documentary about his youth. This is an excerpt from his Jazz ’34. He was born on this day in 1925. Not dead/Dead since November 20, 2006

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