Fellini - I'm a Born Liar
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Federico Fellini was one of the leading figures of the international cinema in the 1960s, whose dreamlike images and indelible characters made La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, and Juliet of the Spirits among the most acclaimed films of that era. Fellini himself was a character as unique as any he created for his films, an expansive and outsized visionary who could be either a pleasure or a terror to work with. Fellini: I'm a Born Liar is a documentary on Federico Fellini's life and work by filmmaker Damian Pettigrew, who combines vintage interview footage of Fellini, new conversations with those… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"Fellini came close to painting his thoughts directly onto the screen. Born Liar honors this approach by putting lyricism ahead of clarity. You get the feeling that the maestro would appreciate the results."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"It goes in circles and wears out its welcome, except for the most hard-core enthusiasts."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A strange beast, but one lifelong Fellini fans will find irresistible."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"The filmmaker acknowledges the contradictions inherent in [Fellini's] surreal style."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It almost seems that documentarian Damian Pettigrew didn't have enough Fellini material to draw from."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Pettigrew's movie functions nicely as a posthumous couch trip, with Fellini explaining the soulful puppetry of his art without pulling the curtain up far enough to let you catch him pulling the strings."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"If you know little about Fellini, this is not the place to start. Begin with the films."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Little appears to be filmed for the movie itself, or at least within the last decade, and the caliber tends to be less than a Bravo profile."
‑ Greg Muskewitz, eFilmCritic.com
"Only those who are familiar with or curious about Fellini's work will find it a rewarding experience."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"There may be better straight introductions to the accomplishments of this most poetic of cinematic artists, but for the already initiated this will serve as a welcome remembrance."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A disappointment, not to mention a squandered opportunity."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The film, for all its frustrating qualities, does bring us closer to this intriguing, seductive and admittedly devious artist."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Invaluable for Fellini fans."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If you want to learn about Fellini, don't listen to him prattle on. Go rent 8 1/2 instead."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"It's interesting, but I'm not sure how informative this documentary really is. Fellini fans will certainly appreciate it more than the casual moviegoers."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
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