Take that to the bank
In 1993, Fellini directed a series of ads for the Bank of Rome. In each, a man experiences a puzzling and upsetting dream, which he reports to his analyst (Fernando Rey — who better? That experience with Bunuel must surely have rubbed off). The analyst interprets the dream as having to do with a fear of financial insecurity, and suspiciously enough recommends the Bank of Rome. Is he getting kickbacks from the bank?
This one is discussed by Fellini’s sound engineers in the excellent documentary THE MAGIC OF FELLINI. They track-laid a whole complex set of effects for the oncoming train. The maestro looked, listened, and said “No!” He had them strip it all back and overlay just a cold, whistling wind, rather to their astonishment. They shouldn’t have been surprised — FF relied upon the chilling effect of wind FX throughout his career, particularly when creating a dreamlike atmosphere.
Prosthetic lion! I do hope it’s a Carlo Rambaldi creation. Who else are you going to get to manufacture a lion that weeps glycerin tears, if you’re in Italy? Well, maybe whoever made the vaguely animatronic rhino for AND THE SHIP SAILS ON, I suppose.
The nice thing here is the echoing of transport distress from EIGHT AND A HALF, TOBY DAMMIT and ROMA.
These were Fellini’s last works — he died within a few months of shooting the third one. File them with Frankenheimer’s short film for BMW and
Sam Peckinpah’s Bodyform commercial.