It was at most an open secret that The Criterion Collection was working on a massive box set to celebrate the centenary of Federico Fellini, a cornerstone of world cinema and of The Criterion Collection brand. But, given the uncertainty going on in the world in 2020, it was not a guarantee that we’d get this in 2020. It’s so good to see that Essential Fellini is slated for release on November 24! This set will include fourteen of his films, including what I hope are amazing restorations of La Strada and Nights of Cabiria, and two books of essays, among other supplements and goodies!

Here are some of the details from The Criterion Collection:

One hundred years after his birth, Federico Fellini still stands apart as a giant of the cinema. The Italian maestro is defined by his dualities: the sacred and the profane, the masculine and the feminine, the provincial and the urbane. He began his career working in the slice-of-life poetry of neorealism, and though he soon spun off on his own freewheeling creative axis, he never lost that grounding, evoking his dreams, memories, and obsessions in increasingly grand productions teeming with carnivalesque imagery and flights of phantasmagoric surrealism while maintaining an earthy, embodied connection to humanity. Bringing together fourteen of the director’s greatest spectacles, all beautifully restored, this centenary box set is a monument to an artist who conjured a cinematic universe all his own: a vision of the world as a three-ring circus in which his innermost infatuations, fears, and fantasies take center stage.

Here are the films in the set, arranged as a film festival.

  • Variety Lights (1950)
  • The White Sheik (1952)
  • I vitelloni (1953)
  • La strada (1954)
  • Il bidone (1955)
  • Nights of Cabiria (1957)
  • La dolce vita (1960)
  • (1963)
  • Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
  • Fellini Satyricon (1969)
  • Roma (1972)
  • Amarcord (1973)
  • And the Ship Sails On (1983)
  • Intervista (1987)

The set will also include a new digital restoration of Fellini’s short film Toby Dammit (1968). You should check out the full list of features and supplements here on Criterion’s website.

Here is the trailer for the set.

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