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October 11, 2012

Dolce & Gabbana’s Fellini Film Restoration

By Ingrid Skjong | Arts + Culture, Films

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Photo Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

Fellini Satyricon, a film co-written and directed by Federico Fellini in 1969, has a friend in fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who helped facilitate its recent restoration and world premiere on October 13 at the New York Film Festival. The duo fell into the project via a phone call. Edoardo Ponti, a director and son of Sophia Loren, rang to let them know that the Cineteca Nazionale needed some support for the film’s refurbishment, which was curated by noted cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno, director of photography at the organization.

“We are longtime admirers of Fellini, and his films have been a constant source of inspiration for us in our collections,” say Dolce and Gabbana. “By enabling the restoration of the film, we are able to protect a piece of history that is so important to the culture of Italy.”

Based on a story by first-century Roman Petronius Arbiter, Fellini Satyricon stars Martin Potter and Hiram Keller, and was nominated for an Oscar for best director in 1971. Though no immediate plans are in the works for another cinematic rescue mission, the designers are thrilled to help ensure that future generations will have the chance to savor—and be inspirited by—Italian movie magic. “If the right opportunity occurs we are always open to consider,” the designers explain. “Especially if it’s about preserving the culture and the beauty of our country.” October 13, 8:30 P.M.; Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St.; filmlinc.com

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