Built around a lengthy interview Federico Fellini gave several months before his death in 1993, Damian Pettigrew's elegant portrait of Italy's greatest director isn't so much a biographical overview as a sophisticated attempt to plumb the depths of il Maestro
's cinematic psyche. For when it comes to Fellini, famous for turning his own life into fiction and vice versa, straightforward biography is a slippery thing. Early in Pettigrew's film, Fellini admits to being a "born liar," and says the childhood he invented for himself in such largely autobiographical films as I VITTELONI and AMARCORD has become more real to him than his actual memories. Donald Sutherlan...