Fellini and the commedia dell'arte

Knapper, Stephen (2004) Fellini and the commedia dell'arte. Fellini Il Maestro - NFT Study Day. 18 September 2004, London, United Kingdom.


This performance lecture explored the research question: how did Fellini use commedia and how can commedia be used to theatricalise Fellini? A scene from the scenario of the film Casanova (which was not finally used by Fellini) was acted out using masks; a scene from La Strada was pantomimed while the text was recited in Italian; a scene from 8½ was played out with an actress taking the Claudia Cardinale role of Claudia and an actor in Scaramouche mask taking the Marcello Mastroianni role of Fellini’s alter ego Guido Anselmi.

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