Friday, April 4, 2008

deus ex machina

Hey Everyone:

I'm on the mailing list for, so I get a word in the mail everyday. Look at today's offering:

deus ex machina \DAY-uhs-eks-MAH-kuh-nuh; -nah; -MAK-uh-nuh\, noun:

1. In ancient Greek and Roman drama, a god introduced by means of a crane to unravel and resolve the plot.
2. Any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently insoluble difficulty.

Were you guys aware of this word/phrase? Were you aware that was what Fellini was showing in La Dolce Vida? I believe it's in one of the opening shots, right?

I'll always miss Fellini. He is one of the all-time greats for me. No one was like Fellini.


Erik said...

I'm familiar with that, yes. I once heard it in a film years ago and thought "gee, that sounds cool", but I didn't know what it meant at the time. So I looked it up.

What's your favorite Fellini? If I had to pick one, it would be Amarcord.

Erik said...

I have to add, that when I think of Fellini, I also think of Nino Rota. Most Americans might think of him regarding the Godfather theme, but he was Fellini's greatest asset, in my opinion.

FunkiFilmiGirl said...


My fav Fellini is my first with him, Juliet of the Spirit. I remember just sitting there--truly agog, thinking to myself, "I have never seen anything like this on film before. I've never seen anything like this period!"

When I think of the neighbor lady biking through the woods with the white veil over her large brimmed hat . . . I still get the same feeling as I did that first time: complete wonder.

It's nothing small to give an adult that feeling.