Headspace

New Forgotten!

When Fellini was preparing JULIETTE OF THE SPIRITS, which he claimed (falsely) was his first colour film, he was walking around trying to really SEE the colours of the world, and this put on a certain strain, “Until my friends said, Federico, is there something wrong with your back? Because you are walking like a robotto.”

That probably never happened, of course, but Fellini puts his fat finger on a modern malaise, what we might call The Deckard Dilemma — am I human, or just a perfectly designed automaton? (OK, he wasn’t talking about that at all, but go with it…)

Adjacent to that source of existential angst is another, only slightly less discomfitting — I may be human, but what about the guy in the next office cubicle? What about everybody else?

And THAT is the subject of the ripe slice of Polish sci-fi under discussion at the Daily Notebook, linked to above.

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11 Responses to “Headspace”

  1. david wingrove Says:

    Oh well, at least JULIET was Fellini’s first colour feature. THE TEMPTATION OF DR ANTONIO was a 20-minute segment from BOCCACCIO 70.

  2. Yes, but every bit of Fellini truth contains a little Fellini lie.

  3. Forget were I got this but, I read that Fellini was at a celeb- screening of Jack Smith’s Normal Love before Juliette, and that obviously he cribbed the visuals from it. Or is this just common knowledge.

  4. I don’t know, but it’s certainly plausible. Always a little distasteful when established industry figures swipe from impoverished artists, but Fellini certainly had a talent for consuming influences and transmuting them into his own artistic DNA.

  5. No it’s quite true Fellini came to New York when 8 1/2 was released. He visited Andy at the Silver Factory and Jonas Mekas screened Flaming Creatures and Normal Love for him. He was especially impressed with the latter and told Gianni di Venanzo he wanted the same color scheme for Juliet of the Spirits

  6. The Bri-Nylon Inferno.

  7. He should’ve paid for those colours, especially given Smith’s persistent rent problems.

  8. I’m not sure if Jack was even aware of Fellini. He was always in his own world.

  9. Might’ve been for the best, he probably had enough to feel bitter about, what with the landlord and all.

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