How Strange to Be Named Federico: Scola Narrates Fellini

Che Strano Chiamarsi Federico!

97 mins
7.4 / 10 (319)


This reminiscence/portrait of Federico Fellini by Ettore Scola was made on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the director’s death. The film is anything but a conventional biographical documentary, featuring Scola’s testimony alongside clips, re-enactments, archival footage and dream sequences.

MUBI's take

Ettore Scola uses every fantastical instrument in the cinematic toolbox for his final film, an affectionate chronicle of his encounters with Fellini. Mixing archival footage and film clips with scripted stories of the two directors as young men, How Strange To Be Named Federico is full of surprises.

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