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Fellini: I'm a Born Liar
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Too straightforward to honor Fellini, even as a doc."
3 stars

Released in honor of Fellini’s death ten years ago, Damian Pettigew’s documentary takes a look at the revered director from the perspective of his past casts and crew members.

Some share how they initially became involved with him, and others give their anecdotes. There is some meat in what a few have to say (especially Terence Stamp’s enthusiastic memories and impressions), and a lot of repetition — both by actors and Fellini himself in old clips — of his idea of being a puppetmaster and controlling his actors, the puppets. (“Mastroianni’s the only one who didn’t give a damn.”) There are conflicts, pitting the interviewees in archival footage, particularly between Fellini’s relationship with actors (Donald Sutherland, being very unenthusiastic), but nothing can be taken for much since the majority of the movie comes across as choice clips and brief statements taken partially out of context. Little appears to be filmed for the movie itself, or at least within the last decade, and the caliber tends to be less than a Bravo profile. Another detriment is the neglect to identify whom is being interviewed, until the very end when it’s too late to care. With Roberto Benigni.

[See it if you must.]

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User Comments

5/07/10 James Jones Fellini's awesome in this doc. 5 stars
3/02/09 Sandra Guidoni Expertly judged piece of cinema history 5 stars
10/17/07 Sam Lieberman Terrific film 5 stars
7/03/07 Giorgio Giorgione Hard to imagine not being impressed. Loved it. 5 stars
6/29/07 Anne Ondra Very beautiful film testament. Wow ! 5 stars
6/16/07 Sean Hopper Gorgeous film 5 stars
5/10/07 Will James Fellini brilliant in VINTAGE 1992 clips (died 1993). Superb 5 stars
5/07/07 Nicole Olken A superb portrait on and with Fellini that stands as the maestro's testament. 5 stars
2/21/07 Gianni Mastorna Greg Muskowho is an idiot! Great doc. 4 stars
8/05/05 Gina Betcher Fellini's otra persona, la artista, opens. Excellente! Generoso! 4 stars
4/26/05 Michael Berman A roadmap to Fellini's soul and style. 5 stars
4/22/05 Marie Planchette I loved it - totally and absolutely - SUPERB and way above any Bravo profile 5 stars
7/31/04 I hated it- completely and utterly not even worth one star 1 stars
5/09/04 Jim Watts Spellbinding Fellini interview/Superb film/Exquisitely subtle meditation on cinema. Bravo! 5 stars
5/08/04 Will Hart Awesome 5 stars
12/04/03 Andrew Callaway If you're interested in Fellini, it's pretty interesting. DONALD SUTHERLAND! 4 stars
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