FEDERICO FELLINI'S FILMS GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS AN EXAMPLE AND A CONSTANT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION. THE ATMOSPHERE CREATED IN HIS WORKS SOMETIMES CAN EXCEEDS WHAT ONE CAN DREAM. A PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION THAT SPARED NO EXPENSES, HAS BEEN ABLE TO TRANSFORM THE IDEAS OF THE DIRECTOR INTO SOMETHING REAL AND POSSIBLE.
Fellini’s films remain contemporary year after year so that it is always a good idea to watch again a section of Fellini’s filmography. In many of the director’s movies there are dance scenes which make that particular moment of the story something very emblematic and unique.
An example is the dance scene in “8 and ½” (1963) with Barbara Steele. A unique moment that, thanks to the black and white, makes the characters’ shadows co-stars. Another memorable dancing moment is the one between Casanova and the mechanical doll in “Casanova” (1976), a particular and singular sequence that leaves the viewer spellbound.
The dances with a folkloric flavour displayed during the Trimalcione dinner in “Satyricon” (1969) have a choreographic role in the film. Dancing can also be seen as a way to express the traditions and cultures, even as a way to contextualize the scene of the film in a social context.
The dance of “The voice of the moon” (1990) with Benigni (that brings together a large slice of character’s movie history), describes another section of this collection of moments in which rhythm and the dance are protagonist. The different typologies of dance, situations and moments make this art a magical time in a movie and a vehicle to give a further clue to the scene, that we have to be able to extrapolate and interpret.
Text by Luisa Pagani