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How Strange to be Named Federico (Che strano chiamarsi Federico. Scola racconta Fellini)
dir. Ettore Scola, Italy, 2013, DCP, Italian w/ English subtitles, 96 min.
For the 20th anniversary of his death, How Strange to be Named Federico retraces the incredible trajectory of legendary Italian director Federico Fellini, and especially the great story of friendship that he shared with Ettore Scola, his cineaste compatriot, eleven years his junior. After ten years away from the cinematographic landscape, the director of Down and Dirty (1976) gets behind the camera once more to evoke the man who was both a mentor and a friend, and whose journey was often intertwined with his own – from their beginnings at the Marc’Aurelio newspaper to their world legacy as filmmakers, via their mutual friendship with Marcello Mastroianni. In realizing this film tribute, Ettore Scola uses a strong and atypical aesthetic, as his work is a cross between a documentary, presenting a number of archival elements, and of a quasi-experimental film reconstruction – with Scola’s grandsons playing the roles of the two filmmakers in their youth. Celebrated at the Venice Film Festival 2013, How Strange to be Named Federico chronicles, in the most beautiful and inventive way, the life and extraordinary career of a legend of cinema, Federico Fellini.