Posted on 4/05/11 05:00 PM
At one point early on in the movie a doctor asks Guido if he'll be making another film without hope. He is, of course, refering to Fellini's previous effort, La Dolce Vita. If La Dolce can be encapsulated as the loss of hope then 8 1/2 is the about the reemergence of hope and more importantly, artistic inspiration. How Fellini accomplishes this is through a dizzyingly hypnotic trip into the mind of a tormented director( Mastroianni embodying Fellini). Brilliantly blending the present, nostalgia, and the male id what we are left with is a love letter not just to cinema, but to the ecstasies of life and those who give it meaning. Not to be missed.