A Tortellini for Fellini !



Federico Fellini was an Italian film director and scriptwriter.  Known for a distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images, he is considered one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century, and is widely revered.  We know the meaning of fantasy, but the word baroque is derived from the Portuguese word “barroco”,  or French “baroque”, all of which refer to a “rough or imperfect pearl”.  Today, for Federico, we have the imperfect pearl of the pasta’s … tortellini.  (how is that for a lead … ?)

These tortellini that I have toiled over, started as an appetizer, and ended as the main attraction.  Bella !




Il Direttore had a bombastic, short-tempered personality when shooting films, a personality he made no attempt to hide when the cameras were on him.  Perhaps his blood sugar was low.  A tortellini, Signor Fellini?




The term “paparazzi” comes from a character named Paparazzo in his film, La Dolce Vita. Paparazzo is a journalist who photographs … you got it, celebrities.




Fellini was also known for his bizarre and abstract plots, peppered with his risqué sense of humor …  the one common thread the great director and I relish in.

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“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.”  One of his many personal quotes   …


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… and another :  “Put yourself into life and never lose your openness, your childish enthusiasm throughout the journey that is life, and things will come your way.”   ahhh, to be young forever ….

                All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.    F.F.

8 thoughts on “A Tortellini for Fellini !

  1. Michelle,,,,some of your best work. The literary accompaniment is more than a garnish, it completes what the eyes and nose are translating; flavor and aroma. I will not comment on the black and white tortellini in this domain but know that my visual is well articulated…;)

  2. Love this, Michelle!!! Your photography along side your artistic missives not only stimulate the appetite but stimulate the mind’s eye. You made that food look so delicious that I am dying for the recipe and I’m not even a big fan of pasta!! The black and white photo is .. well.. it’s ummm.. interesting, at best. Bravo!!

  3. Abbie- I am pretty sure she put that B & W photo in the blog for me! Michelle, I did go to the local Italian market for some fresh tortellini for dinner tonight. That says it all.

  4. Oh Daughter Dear,
    This blog is wonderful. The pictures are so appetizing and the script so……..!
    You are creating fabulous photos. Hooray!!!

  5. In keeping with your, shall we say, tongue-in-cheek tone, there is only one comment to make, “What is this thing called, love?” Writer’s sidenote: Your humor stands alone; no need for the “get-it” reinforcements. They aren’t wrong or bad, just — extra. Splendid!

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