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The film 8 1⁄2 by Federico Fellini portrays brilliantly the farcical nature of shame, exposing in Guido’s relationship to his mistress his shifty embarrassment, the way he both wants her there and seeks to deny all claim to her.

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Playing the director’s mistress, Carla, Sandra Milo grants us the apogee of this comedy of deceit: spotting, as she debonairly approaches, that Guido is in fact at the cafe table with his wife, she manages to walk in two directions at once, her legs heading leftwards as she darts to the right.

Federico Fellini's traveling salesman father Urbano Fellini showed up in La Dolce Vita (1960) and 8½ (1963).

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