8 1/2 (1963)

8 1/2



Critic Consensus: Inventive, thought-provoking, and funny, 8 1/2 represents the arguable peak of Federico Fellini's many towering feats of cinema.

Movie Info

Guido (Marcello Mastroianni) is a famous film director who is totally exhausted after completing his latest film. He is tired of his wife, bored with his mistress, and in need of a restful vacation. He retreats to a health spa after he becomes worried about his physical and mental condition. The rest is ruined by a constant procession of aspiring actors and actresses, scatter-brained writers and sniveling yes-men, all clamoring to be in his next production. Flashbacks tell his life story in the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Brunello Rondi, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, Federico Fellini
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 4, 2001


as Guido Anselmi

as Luisa Anselmi

as Carla

as Rossella

as Gloria Morin

as Mezzabotta

as Pace, the Producer

as French Actress

as French Actress

as Daumier, the Writer...

as Fashionable Unidenti...

as Anselmi's Father

as Anselmi's Mother

as Mindreader

as La Saraghina

as Aging Dancer

as Producer's Girl Frie...

as the Cardinal

as the American Journal...

as American Journalist'...

as Airline Hostess

as Anselmi's grandmothe...

as Negro Dancer

as Guido as a Farm Boy

as Guido as a Schoolboy

as Agent for French act...

as Claudia's agent

as Claudia's Press Agen...

as Maurice's Partner, ...

as Production Inspector

as Production Secretary

as Production Manager

as Accountant

as Enrico, Luisa's Adm...

as Luisa's Sister

as Older Journalist

as Cardinal's Secretary

as Cardinal's Secretary

as Lay Secretary for th...

as Two Young Girls in B...

as College Dean

as The Cardinal

as Guido Anselmi's Aunt

as Guido Anselmi's Aunt

as Doctor at the Spa

as Aging Relative from ...

as Annoying Little Niec...

as Two Young Girls in B...

as Two Young Girls in B...

as Miss Olympia

as Screen-Test Candidat...

as Clown in the Parade
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Critic Reviews for 8 1/2

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (11)

In terms of execution I cannot remember a more brilliant film.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
The New Republic
Top Critic

Unless Fellini's problem has been preying on the mind of the viewer, he may not care to take on the director's doubts and confusions.

Full Review… | April 27, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It's Fellini's last black-and-white picture and conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing he ever did.

Full Review… | July 9, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Here is the author-director picture par excellence, an exciting, stimulating, monumental creation.

Full Review… | July 9, 2007
Top Critic

Amiably spiking all criticism through a gloomy scriptwriter mouthpiece, Fellini pulls a multitude of rabbits out of the showman's hat.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A carnival of the soul.

Full Review… | May 1, 2015
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for 8 1/2


Fellini takes his existential musings from La Dolce Vita to a radical level with this fascinatingly intimate and gorgeous exercise in self-reflection (the title couldn't be more perfect), shaping it as a stylish anti-comedy and building it upon a surprising anti-structural narrative skeleton.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Finely executed picture 8 1/2 is a splendid film experience that boasts a great cast, brilliant direction and a wonderful story. Shot in gorgeous Black &White, I felt that it added so much atmosphere to the film and in retrospect gave a much more in depth atmosphere that elevated the simple story quite well. This is a great film, one that should be seen by cinema fans, and if you enjoy classic, foreign dramas, then you're in for a real treat. I really enjoyed the film, and its premise, for what it is it's definitely of the top films that has ever been committed to film, and it's well worth your time. The story is simple, yet engaging, and it's a smartly crafted picture that delivers something truly special. 8 1/2 is a fine picture that manages to be captivating and enthralling from the first frame right up to the final shot due to the simplest of plots. Under the direction of Frederico Fellini, it is a standout feature, a film that is near perfect, and like I said, is well worth your time if you enjoy the genre. 8 1/2 works very well due to powerful performances, effective storytelling and great direction, and for what it is, it's a finely executed drama that does something quite wonderful with its story. This is a stunning picture that is enthralling from start to finish, and is one of cinemas finest films. Although at times a little long, you end up not caring because the story and performances are so rich in character that the make the weaker moments seem insignificant compared to the entire film. 8 1/2 is a stunning piece of filmmaking that will delight anyone looking for powerful, engaging storytelling, and it's a movie that is accomplished in the way it handles its subject.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

An author trying to find his story. I saw this movie in an art house when I was a kid and didn't get it. I didn't understand the imagery. I certainly didn't understand his problem. Now I do.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

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