8 1/2 (1963)
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Fresh off of the international success of La Dolce Vita, master director Federico Fellini moved into the realm of self-reflexive autobiography with what is widely believed to be his finest and most personal work. Marcello Mastroianni delivers a brilliant performance as Fellini's alter ego Guido Anselmi, a film director overwhelmed by the large-scale production he has undertaken. He finds himself harangued by producers, his wife, and his mistress while he struggles to find the inspiration to
Jun 25, 1963 Wide
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It's Fellini's last black-and-white picture and conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing he ever did.
Here is the author-director picture par excellence, an exciting, stimulating, monumental creation.
Amiably spiking all criticism through a gloomy scriptwriter mouthpiece, Fellini pulls a multitude of rabbits out of the showman's hat.
Here is a piece of entertainment that will really make you sit up straight and think, a movie endowed with the challenge of a fascinating intellectual game.
8 1/2 is probably the most potent movie about film-making, within which fantasy and reality are mixed without obfuscation, and there's a tough argument that belies Fellini's usual felicitous flaccidity.
A sprawling anything-goes portrait of the artist and the creative process in crisis.
A marvellous and immensely personal piece of self analysis, which journeys into the heart, mind and soul of its illustrious director, Frederico Fellini.
... a delightful piece of filmmaking full of imaginative flights of creative delirium and accomplished with wit, verve, style, grace, and a tongue-in-cheek joy.
There's no clean way to boil the characters of 8 1/2 down to their psychoanalytical essence.
Fellini has made many masterpieces, but this 1963 Oscar-winner is arguably one of his most brilliant and influential films, boasting a seminal performance from Marcello Mastroianni.
[A] fascinating and highly-influential masterpiece from Federico Fellini.
a true masterpiece
Fellini's manic, larger-than-life 8 1/2 rules as the king of all Italian movies.
Astute beyond words.
Fellini's flights into the surreal are his self-examination and confession. Alas, unlike Bergman, his confession is without moral rigor; he wants to be indulged, not absolved.
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