Fellini in Memoriam – Auteurship and Absurdism as Keys to Understand a 2020’s Society Where Normality is Anything but Normal


We live in global times where, at once, we enable the world to grow closer and become more unified, and are still separated through our ingrained fear of The Other; of movements and people different from ourselves. The current COVID-19 pandemic forces us to open our eyes to the potential and capacity of citizens of nations other than our own. In dire times this disconcerting new era has taught us to welcome a new world order. It highlights the need to think outside the box, welcoming different views and perspectives that, ultimately, prove beneficial to the collective ̶ across the board. In honour of Fellini on the 100th anniversary of his birth, this paper makes a sweeping comparison between our diverse society today and the bold and absurdist cinema of the post-neorealist filmmaker. Contextualising his cinema within an auteurist framework, we highlight how ground-breaking Fellini was in embracing the unconventional throughout his repertoire and argue that by analysing his films psychosocially we learn more about the world we live in, then and now, and learn to accept differences at a time when we must consider a range of types and individuals forces to be reckoned with. With films that stir, seduce and impress viewers worldwide, Fellini defied cinematic traditions and experimented with overlapping narrative styles. His films open our eyes to a new way of thinking and present us a world that steps away from the norm ̶ just like we now face a normality that is anything but normal.

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Jytte Holmqvist, Hbu/uclan School of Media, Communication & Creative Industries, United Kingdom

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Conference: EuroMedia2020
Stream: Film Criticism and Theory

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