Event to mark 'Dolce Vita' 50th anniversary

ROME — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is honoring late Italo helmer Federico Fellini and the 50th anniversary of his film “La Dolce Vita” with an exhibition titled “Fellini Oniricon — The Book of My Dreams,” opening Jan. 24 at its Beverly Hills HQ.

One hundred sketches from Fellini’s personal journals comprising his often sexual dreams; nocturnal notes that inspired movie characters; and caricatures that Fellini drew of famous artists, including Pablo Picasso and Marcello Mastroianni, will go on display at the Academy two days after the Oscar nominations are announced. The exhibition runs through April 19.

Touted as the most comprehensive attempt to date to reconstruct the helmer’s fantasy world, “Fellini Oniricon” is divided into eight sections, which include “Dreaming and Filming,” “All These Ladies” and “Giulietta,” dedicated to his wife and muse, Giulietta Masina.

The show, co-produced by the Fellini Foundation, the Rome Film Festival and the Academy, also includes scores of on-set pictures documenting Fellini’s career as well as the original copies of his huge two-volume diary, which cover the years 1960-90.

Celebrations in Italy for the 50th anniversary of “La Dolce Vita,” which Fellini conceived in 1958, shot in 1959 and premiered in 1960, have also included a major confab titled “Half a Century After ‘La Dolce Vita,’” held earlier this month in his native Rimini and attended by his official biographer Tullio Kezich, helmer Manoel De Oliveira and Academy special events programmer and exhibitions curator Ellen Harrington.

Fellini, who died in 1993, won four foreign-language film Academy Awards and one honorary Oscar during the course of his four-decade career.

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