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Fellini mss., 1968-1983

Papers, 1968-1983, of Federico Fellini at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Electronic finding aid encoded by Beth Benda.

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
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Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Fellini, Federico

Fellini mss.,1968-1983

Collection no:
LMC 1394

11 items

Materials are in Italianand English.

Consists of drawings, film scripts, and other writings by Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, 1920-1993.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
Acquisition Information
Purchase 1988.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Fellini mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Biographical Note
Italian filmmaker, 1920-1993, whose best known films include La Dolce Vita and The Satyricon. The term paparazzi comes from a character named Paparazzo in his film La Dolce Vita.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of drawings, film scripts, and other writings by Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, 1920- 1993.


Materials arranged alphabetically by title.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • Fellini, Federico.
    • Topics
    • Motion picture producers and directors --Italy.

Related Material

See Pinelli mss., Lillly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Box 1
Folder 1

Fare un film. October 1976 

The original typescript manuscript of Fare un film in Italian (Turin: Einaudi, 1980; Zurich: Diogenes Verlag, 1980). Signed by director. Contains corrections in Fellini's hand. Includes a color sketch of Gelsomina, the protagonist of La Strada on the cover, which was eventually used as the cover for the Italian edition of the book.

Box 1
Folder 2

Block-notes di un regista.

Appunti di Federico Fellini (the first version of the script for the film, Intervista, 1987) in Italian.

Box 1
Folder 3

Ginger e Fred. 1985 

The original typescript manuscript in Italian. Bound and signed on the front page by Federico Fellini.

Box 1
Folder 4

Ginger and Fred.

English translation. Xerox copy. Contains some corrections by Fellini.

Box 1
Folder 5

Prova d'orchestra in Italian, 1979 

The front page contains Fellini's drawing of an orchestra director's arm, a baton, and a music stand. Last page is a color sketch that contrasts Fellini as he dreams of himself to Fellini as he actually is.

Box 1
Folder 6

Notes on Prova d'orchestra

Italian xerox copy. Color drawing (orange) of orchestra director with outstretched baton and music stand.

Box 2
Folder 7

Italian script of television commercial for Campari Soda. 1983 

Xerox copy. Signed by Fellini.

Box 2
Folder 8

E la nava va

Italian typescript first copy but with no corrections. Original story idea for the film by Fellini and Tonino Guerra upon which the original shooting script was based. Contains a color drawing on the cover, with Fellini's signature, of the ominous battleship of the film.

Box 2
Folder 9

Juliet of the Spirits.

Original English translation of the screenplay.

Box 2


Roma. 1972 

(6 notebooks. All Xerox copies and in Italian)

Notebook 1 Introduzione/Inizio Roma

Opening sequence. In Italian. Sequence #1. First page is color drawing of principal and young scholar dressed in black uniform. Titled Il preside Bosch, detto 'Zeus' .

Notebook 2 L'arrivo a Roma

Protagonist's arrival in the city. In Italian. Sequence #2. First page is color drawing of heavyset woman carrying bag of groceries with a cigarette in her mouth and a soldier holding a shield wearing an elaborate helmet with long black tassel.

Notebook 3 Raccordo anulare

Traffic jam on the autostrads. In Italian. Sequence #3. First page is color drawing of the back of a heavyset person in motion.

Notebook 4 Il defile

Sequence without number. In Italian. First page is color drawing of a cardinal, front and side views.

Notebook 5 I casini

In Italian. Sequence #7. First page is a brothel scene showing the legs of a heavyset woman walking down a stairway.

Notebook 6 Gli aristocratici e il defile

The aristocrats and the fashion show. In Italian. Sequence #8. First page is color drawing of cardinal hat with sketching of cardinal in design of hat.

Box 2


Toby Dammit. 1968 

Carbon copy. Numerous corrections in Fellini's hand in Italian. Notations in director's hand referring to various shots on location, plus numerous changes in dialogue and shots. Small sketch on cover, cancelled in pencil but clearly visible. Color drawing on last page (75) of decapitated head and beach ball on a deck.