"Giulietta has a gift for evoking a kind of waking dream quite spontaneously, as if it were taking place outside her own consciousness. With her clown-like gift for mimicry, she embodies in our relationship my nostalgia for innocence. When I was in the States with her, after La strada, people didn’t know whether to smile at her or kiss the hem of her garment. They saw her as someone halfway between St. Rita and Mickey Mouse.”
Federico Fellini on Giulietta Masina, born 91 years ago today.