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Fellini's Fall

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BY NOW, given the mass defections from the already thinned ranks of the Fellini camp that have been caused by Fellini’s Casanova, the “sociology” of Fellini’s reputation has almost replaced the film itself as a subject of interest. There have been mixed reactions to Fellini films before, but Fellini’s Casanova is, it seems, liked by nobody, and, with its release, the popular image of Fellini as genius-impresario has begun to be subjected to a widespread revaluation. Even admirers of such late Fellini works as Amarcord seem caught with their defenses down, while a veteran defector from the ranks of Fellini’s admirers like Pauline Kael can dismiss Fellini’s Casanova in a paragraph as something she walked out on.

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