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From the name of the Italian film director Federico Fellini, +‎ -esque.



Felliniesque (comparative more Felliniesque, superlative most Felliniesque)

  1. Fantastical or surreal.
  2. In the manner of the films of Fellini.


  • 1999, Laura Kightlinger, Quick Shots of False Hope: A Rejection Collection [1]
    I think she was expecting applause instead of the ugly Felliniesque stares.
  • 2001, Bernard A. Cook, Europe Since 1945: An Encyclopedia[2]:
    "Felliniesque" has come to mean a certain Italian sophistication yet earthiness, a fascination with the bizarre yet a love of simplicity all wrapped in a flamboyant Mediterranean approach to life and art.
    These films also contain magic moments that transcended realism, and they introduced the world to a certain flamboyant lyricism we now label Felliniesque.
  • 2004, Paco Underhill, Call of the Mall: The Geography of Shopping by the Author of Why We Buy[3]:
    We stop walking a second and look around at the spectacle before us. There's something Felliniesque about a department store cosmetics section. You stand here on a Saturday morning, dressed in the standard mall-casual suburban wardrobe, gazing at a chamber glittering with chandeliers, populated by saleswomen wearing makeup and hair dramatic enough for opening night at La Scala.
  • 2021, Vin Diesel, Mens Health: Vin Diesel Is 53 and Still Shifting Up[4]:
    On working with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson: "That took a lot of work. We had to get there and sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love. Not Felliniesque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.."