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April 25, 2017
I love Fellini's honesty and his ability to both indulge and laugh at himself- it's rarer than you might think. There's so many indulgently sexist parts to this movie but it's just always balanced out by absurdity and self awareness. This movie is really a more over the top 8 1/2 but with the focus on loving every woman ever-a general appreciation for women in all shapes, ages, and sizes. Sure, all told through the lens of the old 60s male gaze, but st least it never pretends to be anything but.
Fellini really makes movies the way I dream, I can't get enough of it.
June 12, 2016
I liked the feminist parts, but at the end, I don't think there was a lesson learned by any of the men
May 29, 2016
another bizarre yet engaging fantasy from the Italian master.
April 21, 2016
Interesting, but one of Fellini's weakest films.
September 10, 2015
The first few scenes of this film are beautifully and theatrically choreographed. They are visually appealing and quite difficult to pull off with such fluidity. Fellini makes his viewers feel like they're right in the centre of the action. It's initially a clever film with some overarching commentary on feminism, but it quickly stumbles down a rabbit hole with Fellini's fantastical style erupting into a mish-mash of scenes that lose the thread. Too bad it got away from him. Some really imaginative and strange individual scenes though.
½ March 22, 2015
Fellini's uninhibited autobiographical lucid rollercoaster will leave you feeling more than just satisfied. ...a sordid ride through gender enlightenment?
½ February 21, 2013
One Of My Favourites of Federico Fellini
½ December 12, 2012
znam ljude koji bas vole ovaj film.
September 3, 2012
It's a mind tripping movie..the first of Fellini's coloured film we ever watched..

It's a very very long movie and the stuff you are exposed to watch its so much that your logic won't be need it anymore..

The Maestro was a real one..out of its time..imagine a world of women and just you..which one will you pick?

A nightmare at times, tediously long, grotesque and full of surreal moments..

Taking a closer look, A journey into a man's mind is probably just like this film..
½ August 9, 2012
One of the wildest Felliniesque fantasies that contain some of the best and worst of Fellini's imaginations.
½ November 26, 2011
Un de mes films favoris, Ć  vie!
December 11, 2010
Snąporaz (Marcello Mastroianni) wakes up during a train ride and has a brief fling with a woman in the bathroom, but it's cut short when the train suddenly stops and the woman gets off. Snąporaz follows her into the woods, through the wilderness and into a Grand Hotel overrun with women in attendance for a surrealistic feminist convention. He winds up in a conference about polygamy, where his presence is rejected. A frightened Snąporaz retreats to the hotel lobby, but the exit is blocked; instead he seeks refuge with a girl who offers her assistance, Donatella (Donatella Damiani), inside an elevator.
Donatella leads Snąporaz into a gymnasium and forces him to don roller skate|roller skates. He is yet again cornered and berated by a group of angry women who circle around him in roller skates and practice testicle-kicking with a dummy. Dazed, Snąporaz makes his exit down a flight of stairs, falling down and badly hurting himself, and into the domain of a burly woman (Jole Silvani) tending to the hotel's furnace. The woman showers and offers him a ride to the train station on her motorcycle, but stops by a farm and lures Snąporaz into a nursery, where she tries to rape him. The rape is cut short by the woman's mother, who steps in to chastise her daughter, and Snąporaz decides to follow instead a lonely woman through the country side. He joins her and her girlfriends on a car ride on the promise of being delivered to the station, but the ride goes on well into the night and all they do is hang out high on drugs and listen to techno. A frustrated Snąporaz ditches them and is harassed by them and two more cars until he finds shelter in the off-limits private property of one Dr. Xavier Katzone (Ettore Manni), who hails gunfire on his persecutors.

Dr. Katzone promises to deliver Snąporaz to the train station the following morning and invites him to stay on for a party. Snąporaz walks around Katzone's extravagant household, which is filled with sexual imagery and suggestive, phalic sculptures. He is also fascinated by a collection of photographs hanging from the manor walls that become alight by pressing a button and whisper out arousing dialogue. Katzone takes pride on his many inventions and sets on to celebrate his 10,000th photograph with an eccentric party that involves the blowing of 10,000 candles and a performance by his wife, in which she lures objects such as coins and pearls into her vagina by means of telepathy. It is in this party that Snąporaz comes across his ex wife, Elena (Anna Prucnal), who has a drunken argument with him, and meets Donatella again.
The police (composed solely of women) arrives, interrupting Katzone mid-song, announcing the imminent demolition of his house. They also inform him that they've shot one of his dogs, Italo, his most beloved. A grieved Katzone gives burial to him. Meanwhile, Snąporaz dances to Fred Astaire with Donatella and a friend of hers (who are both dressed in scant clothing), but fails to sleep with either of them, instead getting stuck with his ex on bed. Unable to sleep and hearing strange noises, he crawls under the bed, entering a dream-like world in which he slides down a toboggan, along the way revisiting his childhood crushes (a sitter, a nurse, a prostitute). He is caged at the end of the slide and transported before a strange court, where he is judged for his masculinity. Although he is dismissed to go free, he decides to confront his tentative punishment, and escalates a towering ring before a feminine crowd. At the top of the ring he climbs up a ladder and into a hot air balloon in the shape of Donatella. Donatella herself fires at him from below with a machine-gun, bursting the balloon and sending Snąporaz plummeting to apparent death.
Snąporaz then wakes up on the very same train from the beginning of the film, showing the story to have been a mere nightmare. Just as he comes to this conclusion, he realizes his glasses are broken (as in his dream) and that the wagon is filled by the women that crowded his dream. The train then races into a tunnel and credits roll.
October 2, 2010
women will love this movie for sure...
½ September 25, 2010
Wooow... i don't know what to say. Very very beautiful, artistic and weird. Like many of his other movies.
With lot's of beautiful women in it!
September 21, 2010
Fellini's most narcissistic piece of work. It's almost unbearable to watch.
½ July 1, 2010
Interesting at times, but entirely too long. Predictable as well, but I guess it's supposed to be. Some scenes were absolutely captivating, but I couldn't watch it in one sitting. Or two, for that matter.
Dr. Katzone (Zubercock) scenes are absolutely awesome, though.
Super Reviewer
½ December 29, 2009
Effeminate and the most feminist of all Fellini's films,none can forget features made by Russ Meyer but this one does require a second re-read.While on one hand the glamorous city jolts of tender females,the next step proves to be a mere complication of idiosyncrasy.Snaporaz (a fabulous early reference in 8 1/2) is a bargainer and the lesson he'll learn whether it's permanent or not is for the inner female to be unleashed through his curiosity because taming it would be mental (and chauvinistic) torture.
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