The divine comedy

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) Christ Carrying the Cross, ca. 1565. (Museo Del Prado)

During a dinner in 1979 after the premiere of the film Orchestra rehearsal (The orchestra rehearsal) I asked Federico Fellini if he had read that Laing, in It split itself (The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness, 1960), holds the portrayal of the young woman Gelsomina in his film The Road em> # (Landeveien, 1954) as an archetypal image of schizophrenic paralysis of action – together with Idioten to Dostoevsky.

Fellini answered yes without dwelling on the case itself, before continuing: "In Rimini we had a pig-neuter who put children on a backward woman. The baby girl who was born was also backward and was called the 'devil kid'. The heartless abuse of the two women grew over the years into a guilt I could not live with. The guilt consciousness turned into anxiety. An anxiety I could not get over until this movie was over. It was traumatic,. . .

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