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Federico Fellini

Fellini transfigured joy into style and shaped fanciful hallucinations into some of the liveliest and fantastic films ever made.

No life is complete without a glance into one of cinema's most resplendent films-about-films, an awesome exhibit of Fellini's fantasies, dreams, fears, and neuroses that, ironically, masquerades as the story of a filmmaker in an artistic slump.

Guilietta Masina, one of world cinema's treasures, plays a young woman sold into the service of an oafish strongman, in this early Fellini that oscillates between magic realism and the lingering legacies of neorealism. By turns enchanting and melancholy, and always warm, the film will, ultimately, just break your heart.

Fellini transforms the tale of a lovable prostitute desperately searching for true love on the streets of Rome into a masterful celebration of humanity and affecting ode to unbroken character.

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Nolan's “Batman: The Intimidation Game” Starts Filming in the UK March 16

By ChrisFaile

February 12th, 2004

The next installment of the “Batman” franchise is scheduled to begin filming in the UK on March 16, FilmJerk.com has learned. The production, which is presently going by the name of “The Intimidation Game” in casting documents, will also be shooting scenes from the hugely anticipated film in Iceland and New York.


Directed by Christopher Nolan, the fifth film will bring the comic character to his roots. As Variety wrote this past weekend, “this time around, it's about the genesis of Batman: How billionaire Bruce Wayne makes a series of decisions that turn him into the Caped Crusader. Batman will be more realistic and less cartoonish. There are no campy villains. Wayne -- younger, more vulnerable, more human -- will be getting as much attention as his masked alter-ego.”

There has been some disagreement on the name of the current film, which the Varietypiece was able to skip over.

At this time, the production is looking to cast an “enormous” Asian man, who will be involved in a fight scene. Producers are not specifying an age range for the character, saying it can be “any age as long as he is enormous,” as well as looks dangerous and is able to speak in broken English.

The film stars Christian Bale (as Bruce Wayne/Batman), Liam Neeson, Michael Caine, Katie Holmes and Cillian Murphy. The producers for the film are listed as Emma Thomas and Chuck Roven.

The Scorecard
Producers: Emma Thomas and Chuck Roven
Director: Christopher Nolan
Casting Director: John Papsidera
Date: March 16, 2004
Location: United Kingdom