I don’t make films to discuss theses or support theories. I make films in the same way I live dreams (which are fascinating as long as they remain mysterious and allusive, but risk becoming insipid when explained.)
Here we are. For the Fulgor Cinema it’s high time to raise the curtain again. After five years of restoration and refurbishment, the historic cinema on Corso d’Augusto has been handed back to Rimini and its inhabitants.
The very same cinema that played a leading role in Federico Fellini’s life and work. He watched his first films here (including Maciste in Hell) and he used to provide promotional playbills in exchange for free viewings for him and his friends. It is also the place where he fell in love with Gradisca.
After five years, during which the building site has come to life with an array of music events, theatre performances and cinema set-ups, Fulgor cinema is now ready to again become the Fellinian venue par excellence. Another chance to embody that poetic and evocative feeling about Rimini which was so much beloved and depicted by Fellini in his films.
Over his entire film career Rimini was a unique source of inspiration. In fact, Rimini is featured in Fellini’s caricatures of famous actors which were commissioned as advertisements by Fulgor’s then cinema manager. Rimini is the backdrop in Amarcord, Vitelloni, La voce della luna, 8 1⁄2 to name a few, as well as being illustrated in the comic strip for the magazine Marc’Aurelio, and in the characters described on paper, photos and during the interviews.
The restoration has transformed the Fulgor Cinema into an evocative place.
Developed in the liberty style of building at number 162, the Fulgor cinema pulls together all aspects of Fellini’s poetry.
Inspired by 1930’s Hollywood, the ground floor, foyer and two screening rooms ‘Giulietta’ and ‘Federico’ have been completely restored to their previous glory.
The renovation work has restored the cinema to its original aspect, intended to recreate from inside and out the atmosphere which was adored by Fellini. Rome’s Studio Forme have been tirelessly working for seven months to give new life to the complex, based on the original project created by Italian designer Dante Ferretti. Four months spent in the studio and three at the building site, it was essential to stick to the guidelines provided by Ferretti. The studio undertook a thorough research of the styles, atmospheres and trends popular in 1930’s and 1940’s, implementing that knowledge into the renovation works.
Despite some architectural challenges, the final result is consistent with Ferretti’s original concept and affirms the objectives set before starting the restoration process. It was necessary to give back to Rimini and its inhabitants one of the landmarks of Italian urban culture, reconstructing not only the expressive designs of an era but, most of all, a rich, enchanting and evocative feeling, typical of those timeless stories