Fellini’s Book of Dreams
On view for the first time in the United States, this bold and intriguing Academy exhibition showcased two original volumes plus reproductions of many of the original pages of The Book of Dreams created by Federico Fellini. The notebooks are filled with unique writings and colorful drawings documenting the great Italian director’s dreams. Fellini began the notebooks in the 1960s and continued adding to them until 1990, three years before his death at the age of 73.
A 12-time Oscar nominee (four nominations for directing, eight for writing) and a 1992 Honorary Award recipient, Fellini directed four films that won Oscars® in the Foreign Language Film category: “La Strada” (1956), “Nights of Cabiria” (1957), “8½” (1963) and “Amarcord” (1974). He was widely known for exploring facets of his subconscious through his art; by actively embracing his dream life, he gave himself the opportunity to explore themes that later played out in his films, including eroticism, religion, terror and love. This exhibition offered the rare opportunity to view imaginative and fantastical drawings and writings that reflect the intimate thoughts of one of the 20th century’s greatest visual storytellers.
The exhibition was presented in collaboration with the Fondazione Federico Fellini and the Fondazione Cinema per Roma.