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Author Carrera, Alessandro, 1954- author
Title Fellini's eternal Rome : paganism and Christianity in the films of Federico Fellini / Alessandro Carrera
Imprint London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2020
book jacket
 Modern History Library  791.430233 C314    EXHIBITION    30550100682234
Edition Paperback edition
Descript xii, 186 pages ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Classical receptions in twentieth-century writings
Classical receptions in twentieth-century writings
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages [169]-178) and index
Introduction: What is wrong with Fellini? -- Fellini, Dante, and the gaze of Medusa -- Fellini and Rossellini: the 'trilogy of faith' (1946-50) -- La dolce vita: or how I learned to stop worrying and love my sins -- 8 1/2 or trouble in paradise -- Fellini Satyricon I: an archaeology of silence -- Fellini Satyricon II: 'seek out the ancient mother' (Aeneid III, 96) -- Roma: barbarians inside the gates -- From City of women to The voice of the moon: fall of the goddess
"In Fellini's Eternal Rome, Alessandro Carrera explores the co-existence and conflict of paganism and Christianity in the works of Federico Fellini. By combining source analysis, cultural history and jargon-free psychoanalytic film theory, Carrera introduces the reader to a new appreciation of Fellini's work. Life-affirming Franciscanism and repressive Counter-Reformation dogmatism live side by side in Fellini's films, although he clearly tends toward the former and resents the latter. The fascination with pre-Christian Rome shines through La Dolce Vita and finds its culmination in Fellini-Satyricon, the most audacious attempt to imagine what the West would be if Christianity had never replaced classical Rome. Minimal clues point toward a careful, extremely subtle use of classical texts and motifs. Fellini's interest in the classics culminates in Olympus, a treatment of Hesiod's Theogony for a never-realized TV miniseries on Greek mythology, here introduced for the first time to an English-speaking readership. Fellini's recurrent dream of the Mediterranean Goddess is shaped by the phantasmatic projection of paganism that Christianity created as its convenient Other. His characters long for a "maternal space" where they will be protected from mortality and left free to roam. Yet Fellini shows how such maternal space constantly fails, not because the Church has erased it, but because the utopia of unlimited enjoyment is a self-defeating fantasy." -- Publisher's description
Subject Fellini, Federico -- Criticism and interpretation
Paganism in motion pictures
Christianity in motion pictures
Rome (Italy) -- In motion pictures
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