I Compani has been around since 1985, and its mandate hasn't changed much at all since. The ensemble, formed and still directed by alto and tenor player Bo van de Graaf, devotes itself to the music of Nino Rota, whom film fans will recognize as Federico Fellini's Bernard Hermann. Over the years, van de Graaf and other members of the band have fattened the band's book with original compositions in the style of Rota, but it's Rota's work that still forms the core of I Compani's output. Fellini (IcDisc), a collection of Nota and van de Graaf compositions performed live, marks the band's second decade, and by now this routine is old hat. The band performs Rota's surreal folk music, minor-key ballads and carnival marches with balance and precision, saving the longer solos for van de Graaf's more atmospheric and open-ended pieces. Pieter Douma's electric bass gives the music a slightly funky touch, but the overall mood is respectful. For the curious: Fellini pulls from La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, La Strada, Juliet of the Spirits, Amarcord and Casanova.
This program examines the life and enduring appeal of the symbol of Italian manhood and the Latin lover from the sixties onwards, the first and perhaps last truly international Italian movie star, who was launched to success in his starring role in Fellini’s, “La Dolce Vita”. With extensive film and interview-based archives, this documentary allows Mastroianni to tell his own story and explore all the complexities and ambiguities that went towards making him such an irresistible force. A favourite of directors like Fellini, Visconti and Antonioni, he also frequently starred opposite celebrated stars like Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale.
In this satirical Fellini film, Pippo Botticella (Marcello Mastroianni) and Amelia Bonetti (Giulietta Masina) are aging members of an obscure dance team known as "Ginger & Fred." When a bizarre television show called "Here's to You" invites the couple to reunite their act, Pippo and Amelia take the chance to relive their younger days.
Fellini discusses his views of making motion pictures and his unorthodox procedures. He seeks inspiration in various out of the way places. During this film viewers go with him to the Colisseum at night, on a subway ride past Roman ruins, to the Appian Way, to a slaughterhouse, and on a visit to Marcello Mastroianni's house. Fellini also is seen in his own office interviewing a series of unusual characters seeking work or his help.