The Criterion Collection Nov. 24 will release Essential Fellini, a 15-disc Blu-ray collection of 14 works from celebrated Italian director Federico Fellini (1920-1993) 100 years after his birth.
The set will include the films Variety Lights (1950), The White Sheik (1952), I Vitelloni (1953), La Strada (1954), Il Bidone (1955), Nights of Cabiria (1957), La Dolce Vita (1960), 8½ (1963), Juliet of the Spirits (1965), Fellini Satyricon (1969), Roma (1972), Amarcord (1973), And the Ship Sails On (1983) and Intervista (1987), plus a new digital restoration of the short film Toby Dammit (1968).
The set includes new 4K restorations of 11 of the theatrical features, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks for all films.
- The newly restored television film Fellini: A Director’s Notebook (1969), and the feature documentaries Fellini: I’m a Born Liar (2002) and Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember (1997), the latter presented in its 193-minute version;
- A two-hour, four-part 1960 interview with Fellini by filmmaker André Delvaux for Belgian television;
- Four behind-the-scenes documentaries: “Reporter’s Diary: Zoom on Fellini” (1965), “Ciao, Federico!” (1969), “The Secret Diary of Amarcord” (1974), and “Fellini racconta: On the Set of And the Ship Sails On” (1983);
- Fellini racconta: Passegiatte nella memoria, a 2000 documentary featuring interviews with a late-in-life Fellini;
- Giulietta Masina: The Power of a Smile, a 2004 documentary about Fellini’s wife and frequent collaborator;
- “Once Upon a Time: La dolce vita,” a French television documentary about the film;
- Audio commentaries on six of the films;
- A program from 2003 on Fellini’s 1980s television advertising work;
- Archival interviews with Fellini stars and collaborators, including Marcello Mastroianni, Sandra Milo, Anouk Aimée, and Magali Noël;
- Archival audio interviews by film critic Gideon Bachmann with Fellini, Mastroianni, and Fellini’s friends and family;
- Video essays;
Listed for $249.95, the set will come in deluxe packaging that includes two lavishly illustrated books with hundreds of pages of content: notes on the films by scholar David Forgacs; essays by filmmakers Michael Almereyda, Kogonada, and Carol Morley, film critics Bilge Ebiri and Stephanie Zacharek, and novelist Colm Tóibín; and dozens of images spotlighting Don Young’s renowned collection of Fellini memorabilia.