From The Desk Of A.C. Newman: Giulietta Masina

carlnewmanpresscrop41“There are maybe 10 or 12 things I could teach you,” sings Carl “A.C.” Newman on his new solo album, Get Guilty (Matador). “After that, well, you’re on your own.” This week, MAGNET lets the New Pornographers frontman steer our website toward 10 or 12 of his own favorite things in music, film, literature and life.

Read our verdict on the orchestral-pop case of Get Guilty and a Q&A deposition with Newman here.

nightsclipb1Newman: Giulietta Masina was Federico Fellini’s wife. I’ve only seen her in a few movies, but she was in La Strada and Nights Of Cabiria. I’ve never seen a more striking actress. I can’t recall ever watching another movie and being so enthralled by someone. She’s kind of pixie-ish, she’s not particularly beautiful, and it’s almost like she’s overacting. She sometimes seems like she’s mugging sometimes like a silent film star. I want to watch her movies again just to watch her and not pay any attention to what’s going on in the movie. She’s a completely magnetic presence. She’s been compared to a female Charlie Chaplin, which makes her sound somewhat lame. I got into watching Fellini movies a while back, and she jumped out at me as being the greatest actress I’ve ever seen in my life.