8½

★★★

Watched.

Sadly, this had almost no resonance with me. I feel like I made myself open to it, but I just never connected with it. I even tried to watch with the commentary. Here’s an excerpt from film critic and friend of Fellini (he points out his “blink and you’ll miss it” cameo) Gideon Bachmann:

"This scene, in particular, is taken from reality, see...he's getting a watch. After he made "Le Dolce Vita" Rizzoli, who produced "Le Dolce Vita" and who made millions on it, what did he give him as a reward? He gave him a watch. And so now, (chuckle), in the next film...Fellini put this scene of the producer giving him a watch."

Fascinating.

Here’s all I got:

Asa Nisi Masa

ANiMa (soul). The magic words that have the power to make pictures move. Giving “soul” to pictures makes them move. Without the appropriate amount of “soul”, any work of art will falter and collapse upon itself.

For example: when The Godfather of Funk, Mr. Please Please Please, Mr. Dynamite, Soul Brother Number One, The Godfather of Soul, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, The Minister of the New New Super Heavy Funk, Mr. James Brown, himSELF! used to feel overcome by the tremendous outpouring of energy that he would give to each and every single performance, he would sometimes drop to his knees…unable to continue, despite every part of his body’s desire to persevere. Danny Ray, Mr. Brown’s personal valet, would enter and drape The Godfather’s luxurious cape across his back, and attempt to escort the now frail and depleted performer off of the stage for some well-earned rest, but…

Wait…

What’s this?

He…he seems to have been reinvigorated with the power of funk and soul! He has thrown off his opulent blanket of faux fur and rhinestones and seems to have just as much energy residing in those leather clad balls of lightning he calls feet than ever BEFORE!

The Godfather of Asa Nisi Masa, indeed.

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