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Fellini's Portrait of the Artist as Creative Problem Solver

John C. Stubbs
Cinema Journal
Vol. 41, No. 4 (Summer, 2002), pp. 116-131
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225791
Page Count: 16
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Fellini's Portrait of the Artist as Creative Problem Solver
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Abstract

In his autobiographical films, Federico Fellini creates a "legend" of himself and films that legend. In 8½ (1963), his portrait of the artist, Fellini presents the creative process as occurring more or less in Henri Poincaré's four stages: preparation, incubation, Eureka! moment, and verification, with an emphasis on stages 2 and 3. The harem sequence in 8½ illustrates incubation, and the ending is the Eureka! moment.

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