27 Jun Eating, Sleeping And Making Love
Maestro Federico Fellini is definitely Italy’s most famous movie director. Over his forty year career he was nominated for twelve Oscars and was awarded five. Movies like La Strada, 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita and Amarcord captured life in a profound way, sometimes blurring the line between dream and reality. To capture life on film, he said, was to show people eating, sleeping and making love.
As it does for most Italians, food played a very important role in his life, and in his movies. In fact he did not believe in “spit takes” (where the actors would spit out food they were eating during a scene) but was adamant that they consume the food as in real life. This meant that there were sometimes huge teams of cooks on set, busy preparing fresh food for all the actors to eat, often shooting a scene until the food had run out.