Fellini’s fantasies facing foes

ROME — When Italy’s most idiosyncratic director, Federico Fellini, died in October 1993, the fruits of his dreams were left behind in his films. But those nighttime fantasies also were recorded in more explicit form in a dream-diary the director kept from the 1970s up to his death, which now is at risk of being lost forever.

In an interview in Italo daily Corriere della Sera this week, Fellini Foundation director Gianfranco Angelucci launched an alarm cry about the Book of Dreams, which currently is deteriorating in a bank

While Fellini’s direct heirs are in favor of having the book preserved and published, the heirs of the late director’s wife, Giulietta Masina, are opposed, fearing the director’s more ribald dreams may offend Masina’s memory, Angelucci said.

While big offers reportedly have been made for the book, the authorization of heirs on both sides is required to open the deposit box.

The dreams documented frequently feature famous names such as Fiat honcho Gianni Agnelli, Pope Pius XII and Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.

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