August 30, 2011

Culture Talk - TIFF Fellini "Spectacular Obsessions" Exhibit

Welcome to La Dolce Vita.

When my favourite partner-in-crime Daniel invited me to the opening night of the Fellini "Spectacular Obsessions" exhibit, I immediately said yes. It was soon after that I realized that I've never seen a Fellini film. Federico Fellini was one of the most influential Italian film directors of the 20th century. What kind of Italian was I?

Thankfully, the night started off with a crash course. I sat in a dark theatre while an orchestra played music to famous Fellini films. The music swelled and I watched wide-eyed as I voraciously read the subtitles and tried to absorb. Fellini is all about the spectacle: paparazzi, culture wars, excessive love. While watching clips from La Dolce Vita, I wondered what it would be like to be Sylvia and wade in the Trevi fountain like a goddess. 

After the films we munched on Italian themed appetizers and drank rich, red wine. I particularly loved the mini bowls of mushroom risotto with truffle oil. (I'd eat cardboard if it was doused in truffle oil.) Finally, we played around with Venetian masks, threw a coin in the faux Trevi fountain and dressed up on a Vespa.

Yes, life is good.

The exhibit runs at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto until September 18th.