Directed by Federico Fellini
Runining time: 138 mintues
Produced in 1963, 8 ½ (Otto e Mezzo) is Fellini's amiable semi-autobiographical story about a famous Italian film director, Guido Anselmi (brilliantly played by Marcello Mastroianni) suffering from creative block during the making of his expensive new science fiction film. The title refers to Fellini's oeuvre at the time and Guido can be seen as the director's failing alter ego. Besieged by people wanting to work with him, he struggles to find an idea for his next film and by his own admission complains that: “I have nothing to say, but I want to say it anyway”. The combined pressure of his sheer lack of ideas along with his burgeoning fame, make Guido withdraw into himself focusing on memories, recollections of significant events and the many lovers that he has left behind. With Fellini's hyper-real imagery, Guido's thoughts develop into an exhilarating journey into one man's consciousness, where flashbacks and dream sequences begin to blur with reality. An exacting psychological portrait and a searing depiction of the circus-like madness of the film world, 8 ½ can be seen as a satire on the collective frenzy and the clash of egos involved in filmmaking. The film shocked audiences at the time of its release with its sheer auteurist gall but later became a paradigm of personal filmmaking, inspiring a generation of art house directors including Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese and Bruce LaBruce. With its evocative score by Nino Rota and stunning performances by Mastroianni and Anouk Aimée, 8 ½ can be regarded as one of the greatest films ever made
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