8 1/2 (1963) Italy, France
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Director:Federico Fellini
Producer:Angelo Rizzoli
Writer:Federico Fellini, Brunello Rondi, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli
Rating:8.2 (33,215 votes)
Date Added:2011-04-15
Awards:Won 2 Oscars, Another 13 wins & 5 nominations
Genre:Art House & International
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Features:Black and White, Special Edition
Federico Fellini  ...  (Director)
Federico Fellini, Brunello Rondi, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli  ...  (Writer)
Marcello Mastroianni  ...  Guido Anselmi
Anouk Aimée  ...  Luisa Anselmi (as Anouk Aimee)
Claudia Cardinale  ...  Claudia
Sandra Milo  ...  Carla
Rossella Falk  ...  Rossella
Gianni Di Venanzo  ...  Cinematographer
Leo Cattozzo  ...  Editor
Barbara Steele  ...  Gloria Morin
Madeleine Lebeau  ...  Madeleine, l'attrice francese
Caterina Boratto  ...  La signora misteriosa
Eddra Gale  ...  La Saraghina (as Edra Gale)
Guido Alberti  ...  Pace, il produttore
Mario Conocchia  ...  Conocchia, il direttore di produzione
Bruno Agostini  ...  Bruno - il secundo segretario di produzione
Cesarino Miceli Picardi  ...  Cesarino, l'ispettore di produzione
Jean Rougeul  ...  Carini, il critico cinematografico
Mario Pisu  ...  Mario Mezzabotta
Summary: Federico Fellini's 1963 semi-autobiographical story about a worshipped filmmaker who has lost his inspiration is still a mesmerizing mystery tour that has been quoted (Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories", Paul Mazursky's "Alex in Wonderland") but never duplicated. Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido, a director trying to relax a bit in the wake of his latest hit. Besieged by people eager to work with him, however, he also struggles to find his next idea for a film. The combined pressures draw him within himself, where his recollections of significant events in his life and the many lovers he has left behind begin to haunt him. The marriage of Fellini's hyperreal imagery, dreamy sidebars, and the gravity of Guido's increasing guilt and self-awareness make this as much a deeply moving, soulful film as it is an electrifying spectacle. Mastroianni is wonderful in the lead, his woozy sensitivity to Guido's freefall both touching and charming--all the more so as the character becomes increasingly divorced from the celebrity hype that ultimately outpaces him. "--Tom Keogh"