Federico Fellini, 1920 – 1993

January 20,1920 – birthdate of Federico Fellini, Italian director and screenwriter.

Fellini was known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness.  He is recognized as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time.  His films have ranked, in polls such as Cahiers du cinema and Sight & Sound, as some of the greatest films of all time. Sight & Sound lists his 1963 film “8 ½”  as the 10th greatest film of all time.

In a career spanning almost fifty years, Fellini won the Palme d’Or for La Dolce Vita, was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and directed four motion pictures that won Oscars in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. In 1993, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement at the 65th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

On October 28, 2010, Italy issued a 0,60-euro postage stamp commemorating Fellini (shown here):