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February 15 2020
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The Italian director’s films are often said to be the stuff of dreams; others have referred to them as a “cinema of dreams.” A new, expanded edition of the diary Fellini kept from the 1960s until 1990 to record his dreams and nightmares offers a singular look into his imagination and creative vision. Fellini described his notes as “bad sketches, hurried and ungrammatical notes,” yet from them we get a sense of the director’s mindset as well as the principal characters in his life. “Federico asked anyone and everyone to tell him their dreams,” writes Lina Wertmüller, who worked with him on 8 1/2. “For him, it was more than just curiosity, because dreams—both his and those of others—helped him work.” —Julia Vitale

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