Born: Jan 20, 1920 AD
Died: 1993 AD, at 73 years of age.
1920 - Federico Felleni, born on the 20th of January in Rimini, Italy. He was one of the most influential and widely revered Italian film-makers of the 20th century and is considered to be one of the finest film directors of all time.
1939 - His mother Ida Barbiani was from Rome and accompanied him there.
1943 - Pallina was played by acting student Giulietta Masina, who became his real life wife from the 30th of October, until his death half a century later.
1940 - The young Fellini loved vaudeville and was befriended by leading comedian Aldo Fabrizi.
1945 - Roberto Rossellini wanted Fabrizi to play Don Pietro in Roma, città aperta and made the contact through him.
1946 - He worked on that film's script and is on the credits for Rosselini's Paisà. On that film he wandered into the editing room, started observing how Italian films were made (a lot like the old silent films with an emphasis on visual effects, dialogue dubbed in later).
1960 - 1963 - His traveling salesman father Urbano Fellini showed up in Dolce vita, La and 8½.
1960 - The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that he started recording in notebooks.
1993 - He received an Oscar "in recognition of his cinematic accomplishments that have thrilled and entertained audiences worldwide".
- That same year, he died of a heart attack in Rome on the 31st of October at the age of 73, a day after his fiftieth wedding anniversary. His wife, Giulietta Masina, died six months later of lung cancer.
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