8 1/2

8 1/2

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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 finish his film. The stress plunges Guido into an interior world where fantasy and memory impinge on reality. Fellini jumbles narrative logic by freely cutting from flashbacks to dream sequences to the present until it becomes impossible to pry them apart, creating both a psychological portrait of Guido's interior world and the surrealistic, circus-like exterior world that came to be known as "Felliniesque." 8 1/2 won an Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, as well as the grand prize at the Moscow Film Festival, and was one of the most influential and commercially successful European art movies of the 1960s, inspiring such later films as Bob Fosse's All That Jazz (1979), Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980), and even Lucio Fulci's Italian splatter film Un Gatto nel Cervello (1990).

Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/2010
UPC: 0715515051613
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 2:18:00
Sales rank: 13,674

Special Features

Introduction by Filmmaker Terry Gilliam; ; Audio Commentary Featuring Film Critic and Fellini Friend Gideon Bachmann and NYU Film Professor Antonio Monda; ; High-Definition Digital Transfer of a new Restoration of Fellini: A Director's Notebook, a 52 minute film by Federico Fellini; ; The Last Sequence, a 52-minute Documentary from 2003 on Fellini's lost alternate ending for 8 1/2; ; Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert, a 48-minute Documentary about Fellini's longtime composer; ; Interviews with Actress Sandra Milo, Director Lina Wertmüller, and Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro; ; Rare Photographs from Bachmann's Collection; ; Gallery of Behind-the-Scenes and Production Photos; ; U.S. Theatrical Trailer; New and Improved English Subtitle Translation; ; Plus: a Booklet featuring Writings by Fellini and Essays by Critics Tullio Kezich and Alexander Sesonske

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marcello Mastroianni Guido Anselmi
Claudia Cardinale Claudia
Anouk Aimée Luisa Anselmi
Sandra Milo Carla
Rossella Falk Rossella
Madeleine Le Beau French Actress
Mario Pisu Mezzabotta
Barbara Steele Gloria Morin
Neil Robinson Agent for French actor
Mino Doro Claudia's agent
Eugene Walter The Journalist
Gilda Dahlberg Journalist's Wife
Annie Gorassini Producer's Girl Friend
Ian Dallas Mindreader
Guido Alberti The Producer
Mario Conocchia Producer
Cesarino Miceli Picardi Production Inspector
John Stacy Accountant
Mark Herron Luisa's Admirer
Rosellin Como Friend
Matilda Calnan Older Journalist
Eddra Gale La Saraghina
Georgia Simmons Anselmi's grandmother
Edy Vessel Model
Annibale Ninchi Anselmi's Father
Giuditta Rissone Anselmi's Mother
Olimpia Cavalli Miss Olympia
Dina deSantis Two Young Girls in Bed
Tito Massini The Cardinal
Caterina Boratto Fashionable Woman
Jean Rougeul Writer
Maria Antonietta Beluzzi Screen-Test Candidate for La Saraghina
Polidor Clown in the Parade

Technical Credits
Federico Fellini Director,Screenwriter
Leo Cattozzo Editor
Otello Fava Makeup
Ennio Flaiano Screenwriter
Piero Gherardi Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Adrianna Olasio Editor
Tullio Pinelli Screenwriter
Angelo Rizzoli Producer
Brunello Rondi Screenwriter
Nino Rota Score Composer
Gianni Di Venanzo Cinematographer
Lina Wertmüller Asst. Director

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8 1/2 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
RaphaelM More than 1 year ago
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In 8 1/2, Fellini had created an abstract composition --a making of a film within a film. Mercello (Fellini's alter-ego) is commissioned to make a film; altho (like in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories) he wants the film to have ''meaning.'' He doesn't want his pics to cater to general moviegoers, an interesting foreshadow of the US movie industry today --altho Fellini didn't specifically intend this. A nice yet overlong climax where Fellini represents life as a circus. Altho an amusing film,it is extremely difficult to watch Fellini's masterwork. It took me several viewings to enjoy (& understand ) this film. But like many great cinematic works, several viewings are necessary. Therefore, we can distingush from what we call a film to a movie; respectively, education from entertainment. Not to say that 8 1/2 was simply pedagogic. A lot of humorous anecdotes make there way in this picture. But movie people would feel awkward watching a film like 8 1/2. Unless, you are a ''cinema'' buff. . . give it a try.
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vmwrites More than 1 year ago
I've become a bigger fan of Federico Fellini, but not because of this film. While the film drones on for what seems like forever, the audience follows the trials and tribulations of the director/producer of a proposed film. That is, the movie is a film about film . . . confused? Well, add to this Fellini's penchant for symbolism, and you end up with an almost Bergmanesque montage that just won't go away. I've loved film for years, but one of the greatest attributes of a film is its evanescence. A good movie should appear, present its story/philosophy/plot, then get out of the way. Like a lengthy infomercial, 8-1/2 seems to go on and on and on, while the audience is subjected to Fellini's dream sequences, fantasy characters, and a psychoanalysis of Mastroianni's character. For cinemaphiles who have been this route before, suffice it to say that I would rather sit through Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage" three times, than try to endure 8-1/2 again . . .