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Nina Arianda Will Play Giulietta Masina in 'Fellini Black and White'

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July 30, 2012

Nina Arianada / Giulietta Masina

It sounds like this is a big year for Nina Arianda in launching her career. The Win Win, Midnight in Paris and Higher Ground actress won a Tony for her turn on the stage in Venus in Fur and just recently landed the role of Janis Joplin in a biopic from Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin. Now Deadline says the actress has landed another impressive role in a film that has me and probably only a few other cinephiles excited. In April we learned Elite Squad star Wagner Moura would play Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini in Fellini Black and White, and now Arianda is set to play Giulietta Masina, his wife.

For those who aren't aware, Fellini Black and White attempts to explain (though not necessarily with any factual evidence) what happened in the two days preceding the 1958 Academy Awards when the director went missing before heading back to Italy. It has been said that the events during this time (which will fictionalized for the most part) may have given Fellini the inspiration for La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2, so I'm betting we'll see plenty of homages to those two great existential classics. Arianda's role will be interesting because during this time that Fellini discovered the jazz and surf scenes and falls for a veterinarian his wife (the star of Nights of Cabiria) tries to drown her sorrows by cavorting with Ricky Nelson.

It's likely a small role, but it'll give her the opportunity to really show her chops as an actress since Masina was quite the actress and has been called Fellini's personal muse. In addition, the supporting cast includes Terrence Howard along with "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage and "Shameless" star and character actor William H. Macy. Howard is playing a jazz musician who gives Fellini a royal introduction to the music and scene, Macy play's the filmmaker's publicist and Dinklage is playing the lover of the veterinarian. Frankly I can't wait to see how this turns out.

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  • Hattori Hanzo
    An obvious attempt for another artsty fartsy Artist type win for best picture huh? The Weinsteins must have cum in their pants when they heard about this.
  • As much as I detest the Weinsteins, I don't think this is trying to be The Artist, maybe Oscar bait, but still I'm looking forward to this as a Fellini fan and generally a fan of Italian cinema!
  • fellini
    Bullshit. Just utter bullshit. There is absolutely no trace of the fragile, enchanting gaze in the eyes of that cold, cold woman. As if that wasn't bad enough, she looks nothing like Giulietta.
  • Garbo
    Thank you Fellini! I thought I was the only one! Baffled, Arianda is the most insincere (every line in Venus in fur was sarcasm at best) actress of all time. It seems she mocks her characters lording above them. In Born yesterday not a true word was spoken... Ex. Screaming while spazzing out "drop dead" the later retelling of this moment as a calm ephiany. Too bad Judy Holliday isn't around for Masinas portrayal. She deserves better than fixed pity American commercialism. Truly a disgrace to Masinas true joy and brilliance.

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