On January 20, the world of cinema celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. We declare our love for Federico Fellini and go on a trip to Rome – the beloved city of genius.
Fellini came to Rome at the age of 18 after studying in Florence. A talented young man worked as a cartoonist, wrote texts for cheap advertising, watching the city – great and humanly changeable. In one of his interviews, already a well-known director, Fellini said that he was always admired in Rome by his proximity to history, the feeling that millennia of history and human lives are so close. “Just imagine that you are standing in a traffic jam near the Coliseum!” – according to the maestro, this was a kind of magic, from which he drew inspiration.
Item 1. Colosseum
Go to him in the evening when it gets dark, or visit during the day, under the rays of the clear Roman sun – opinions differ. One thing is clear: the Colosseum is a must for tourists, especially those who love the classics of European cinema. Fellini often used his image. And the point here is not a beautiful decorative effect, but rather irony: human passions are the same and momentary, if we compare them with the history of an ancient building, the walls of which remember the gladiatorial battles, the invasion of the barbarians, the coming of Christianity, fires and war. The Colosseum in all its glory is most of all in the Fellini comedy “The White Sheikh” (1952), but just the views of the evening amphitheater can be admired in the film “Rome” (1972).
Item 2. The Trevi Fountain
In one of the articles of the popular Italian newspaper La Repubblica, it was said that the communal services of Rome only in 2017 caught more than a million euros of coins from the Trevi Fountain. This is really one of the most tourist destinations in the capital of Italy, where crowds of people gather almost around the clock. Is it all about architectural beauty? Not at all. Tourists are attracted, firstly, by the recognition of the place, which can often be seen in films, of course, about love, and the legend that the fountain fulfills wishes. The scene from the cult film Fellini's “Sweet Life”, during which the main character performed by Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in the form of a touring movie star, enter the waters of the fountain, is not just aesthetically beautiful, it conveys that delicate moment when a man enjoys the beauty of a woman, not allowing yourself frivolity, although it could …
Point 3. The terms of Caracalla
Therms – sounds prettier than a public bath, but they have the same functions. The Roman emperor Caracalla in 2012 AD decided to give the inhabitants of the city a gift in the form of a huge leisure complex. Even today, the ruins of the therm are impressive in scale. If you delve into their history and mission, you involuntarily are touched by how once upon a time people knew how to spend their free time for the benefit of their soul and body, because in terms of not only washing, they communicated surrounded by beautiful architecture and works of art. This sight got a little mysterious look in Fellini's “Sweet Life”. In the ruins of the term, they shot a bohemian party, one of the most beautiful scenes of which was the dance of the magnificent Anita Ekberg.
Item 4. Via Vittorio Veneto
The historic city center. In the 1950s and 60s, this street was the "party" center of Rome. Numerous cafes, shops, hotels made it a non-stop hive, in which human passions buzzed. Fellini loved the Via Vittorio Veneto. The director came up with almost nothing when he showed it in “Sweet Life”. Celebrity reporters, socialite in smart cars, nightclubs – it was. A memorial tablet is hanging on one of the street buildings in memory of the fact that the local beauties became the scenery for the outstanding film by the maestro.
Item 5. Piazza del Popolo
“People's Square” in its present form is a relatively young monument of history and architecture. It was defeated in 1818, after the capture of Rome by Napoleon in 1809. The final project was embodied by the Italian architect Giuseppe Valadier, to whom the square owes its elliptical rather than square shape, as the French wanted. It is clear that each piece of land in the center of Rome has a much richer history than some two hundred years ago. One of the churches located in the square was built on the tomb of Emperor Nero, whom the Romans hated for cruelty. There is a legend that his ghost appears from time to time to check if everything is in order with the heirs of the great Roman Empire. Fellini and his wife Juliet Mazina lived nearby, so he often went to nearby cafes and restaurants to watch people. In the films “Rome” and “Sweet Life” this place has a special meaning, be sure to reconsider.
Point 6. Frejene
If you give Rome little time during the trip, at some point it may seem too much. In the Italian capital at every step – attractions, legends, monuments, museums and a lot of people … And it always has been. There is nothing surprising in the fact that Fellini wanted silence and solitude. They did not have to travel far. Some 40-45 km – and you're in Fregen, a resort town on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was there, on one of the local beaches, the final scene of “Sweet Life” was filmed. The sea, sand, frolicing youth and Marcello, realizing that he had squandered his talent, and indeed life in general, on idle joys. In 2006, Villa Fellini was demolished, which caused a terrible scandal. This is the whole complexity and simplicity of life: something has existed for thousands of years, something has been erased from the face of the Earth in seconds, but I want to believe that art remains above everything, especially that which was inspired by a belief in magic.
See also: Film in 10 frames: "Sweet Life" by Federico Fellini