15-07-2013 | 19.21
Made halfway through Federico Fellini’s monumental career the surrealistic short, Toby Dammit represents the best of his flamboyant cinematic power. In this first episode of EYE at Trouw, the programmer of EYE Ronald Simons handpicked this film to be shown. With Toby Dammit, you will be introduced to one of Fellini’s most extreme characters with Toby Dammit, an eccentric, overly spoiled actor on the verge of a total mental breakdown.
The actor, played to intense perfection by Terence Stamp, travels to Italy for a film shoot but is really only interested in alcohol and the Ferrari he is promised. Toby Dammit ends with a nightmarish long sequence in which Toby drives like a madman to get out of the mess he’s in. With this film from the 60's Fellini satirised its excess. There's a rumour that Toby Dammit was made during a time when Fellini was really onto LSD. When Terence Stamp asked Fellini for direction, he said:
"Whiskey, cocaina, sex—but really it's not like a party, more like a H’Orgy, whiskey, cocaina, fucking a big black man, a women, and in the morning someone take you to the airport and put some LSD in your mouth and now you are here…."
From 30 June to 22 September, EYE presents a major exhibition on Fellini, one of the most image-defining masters of post-war Italian cinema. 'Fellini – The Exhibition' unravels the filmmaker’s universe, and is accompanied by a retrospective film programme. EYE at Trouw brings you the most visually intense scenes ever entrusted to film by Fellini, and is presented at De Verdieping with an exclusive compilation of the most beautiful, scary and dazzling Fellini sequences of his career.