Roberto Rossellini (Italian neorealism & cult film director: Roma, città aperta [Rome, Open City, 1945], Paisà [Paisan, 1946], Germania anno zero [Germany Year Zero / Deutschland im Jahre Null, 1948], Stromboli, terra di dio [Stromboli, 1950], Viaggio in Italia [Journey to Italy, 1954]).
Giulietta Masina on the set of La Strada (1954, dir. Federico Fellini) (via) “Mr. Fellini says that his wife sometime resists his view of her talents, which he summarizes as ‘a mingling of youngish and clownish.’ But make no mistake: in suggesting that his wife is a clown, Mr. Fellini means no insult. ‘The clown is the aristocracy of acting,’ he says. ‘To be a clown means to have the possibility of making people cry and laugh.’”