Fellini and Fregene

In the 1960’s and 70’s, when he was at the height of his fame, the Italian film director Federico Fellini (1920-1993) often spend his Summer in his holiday villa in Fregene, on the coast near Rome to escape the bustle and commotion of the city.

Over time others came as well: his wife, the actress Giulietta Masina, the filmmaker and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini; the novelist Alberto Moravia; and a dashing actor named Marcello Mastroianni, to name a few. In this golden age, Fregene, once a simple fishing village, became an oasis for Italian intellectuals and Rome’s fashionable Via Veneto crowd.

Photos of the time show Fregene with celebrities such as Sopia Loren and Anthony Quinn.

Fellini directed the film Lo Sceicco Bianco – The White Sheik in 1952. The film is in parts filmed in Fregene very close to the site of the Casa Sperimentale. In the film the main character can bee seen suspended on a swing in the canopies of the local pine trees.

July 4, 2020