All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
--Federico Fellini, film director, and
(195:7.18) Any scientific interpretation of the material
universe is valueless unless it provides due recognition for
the scientist. No appreciation of art is genuine unless it
accords recognition to the artist. No evaluation of morals
is worth while unless it includes the moralist. No
recognition of philosophy is edifying if it ignores the
philosopher, and religion cannot exist without the real
experience of the religionist who, in and through this very
experience, is seeking to find God and to know him. Likewise
is the universe of universes without significance apart from
the I AM, the infinite God who made it and unceasingly
(195:7.22-23) The universe is not like the laws, mechanisms,
and the uniformities which the scientist discovers, and
which he comes to regard as science, but rather like the
curious, thinking, choosing, creative, combining, and
discriminating scientist who thus observes universe
phenomena and classifies the mathematical facts inherent in
the mechanistic phases of the material side of creation.
Neither is the universe like the art of the artist, but
rather like the striving, dreaming, aspiring, and advancing
artist who seeks to transcend the world of material things
in an effort to achieve a spiritual goal.
The scientist, not science, perceives the reality of an
evolving and advancing universe of energy and matter. The
artist, not art, demonstrates the existence of the transient
morontia world intervening between material existence and
spiritual liberty. The religionist, not religion, proves the
existence of the spirit realities and divine values which
are to be encountered in the progress of eternity.
Federico Fellini was an Italian film director and
screenwriter. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy
and baroque images with earthiness, he is recognized as one of
the most influential filmmakers of all time. Some of his films
are placed in polls such as in Cahiers du cinéma and Sight
& Sound as some of the greatest films of all time,
with his 1963 film 8½ being listed as the 10th greatest
film of all time by Sight & Sound.
In a career spanning almost fifty years, Fellini won the
Palme d'Or for La Dolce Vita, was nominated for twelve Academy
Awards, and directed four motion pictures that won Oscars in
the category of Best Foreign Language Film. In 1993, he was
awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement at the 65th
Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
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