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The influence of comics in Fellini‘s cinema



The influence of comics in Fellini‘s cinema

Webinar with Laura Nuti.

20th Week of Italian Language in the World
Under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.

Italian between words and images: graffiti, illustrations, comics.

Each year the Italian language is celebrated worldwide during the Week of Italian Language in the World, an initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation which in 2020 has reached its 20th edition. This year's theme is Italian between words and images: graffiti, illustrations, comics, and within the series of events organized for the anniversary, the Italian Cultural Institute of Sydney in collaboration with the IIC Melbourne presents a webinar held by the screenwriter and journalist Laura Nuti dedicated to the influence that comics have had on Federico Fellini's cinema, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the great director's birth.

In 1974 Italo Calvino, in his Autobiografia di uno spettatore, noted that: «The power of the image in Fellini's films, so difficult to define because it does not fit into the codes of any figurative culture, has its roots in the disharmonic redundant aggressiveness of journalistic graphics, that aggressiveness capable of imposing cartoons and strips all over the world that the more they appear marked by an individual stylization, the more they manage to communicate on a mass level».

In his post-faction to Federico Fellini's Libro dei sogni, journalist Vincenzo Mollica wrote instead: «When in 1991, for my birthday [Federico Fellini] gave me three vintage copies of the Corriere dei Piccoli (1928, 1929, 1930), which he had had bound and had always kept, he told me: “If you look closely in these pages you will find all my art, all my cinema“».

Starting from these statements, the presentation will shed light on the influence of cartoons and strips on Federico Fellini's work from an iconographic, narrative and stylistic point of view. The analysis will focus on Corriere dei Piccoli and Marc’Aurelio, choosing to tell stories through a two-dimensional simplification of forms and a playful tone.

Laura Nuti is a screenwriter and journalist who has always been passionate about cinema. She recently obtained a doctorate (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès / University for Foreigners of Perugia) with a thesis entitled The reception of Federico Fellini in France. She previously studied digital cinema at New York University. In Italy she obtained a Master's in dramaturgy and screenwriting and a Master's in Journalistic Criticism at the National Academy of Dramatic Art "Silvio d’Amico" in Rome.

Laura Nuti has participated and participates as a speaker at conferences in Italy and abroad and has a particular interest in Fellini's relationship with the graphic arts and in gender issues present in Fellini’s cinema.

This webinar will be held online via Zoom and you can book by clicking on this link:

The influence of comics in Fellini‘s cinema

The times for the Australian States and Territories are:

6.30pm AEST (VIC, NSW, TAS, QLD)

6pm ACST (SA, NT)

4:30pm AWST (WA)

The event is free of charge and it is organised in collaboration with the IIC Melbourne.

The webinar will be held in ITALIAN and will subsequently be available on the Yutube channel of the Institute.


Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Time: From 6:30 pm To 7:30 pm

Organized by : IIC Sydney

In collaboration with : IIC Melbourne

Entrance : Free


webinar via Zoom