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8 1/2 (1963) Movie Information

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Federico Fellini


Claudia Cardinale
Anouk Aimée
Marcello Mastroianni
Rossella Falk
Barbara Steele





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A movie director, who become delusional, engulfs him self back to the old times - in his old movies and films - while living completely out of reality.

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Matthew Brady 11/28/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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8½ is one of the best movies about film making, within a fantasy that clashes with reality. Short answer = It's a masterpiece

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This movie is so trippy and brilliant. It needs to be watched multiple times to pick up on all the little details. "I'm sorry, but how can you not care if an audience understands?" I don't think we're even supposed to fully understand, but the entire experience of just watching it is enough for me.

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Gabe 04/14/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Trying to make sense of this film is impossible, but I'm going to try anyway. The "A" storyline of the film is about a director who has a sever case of writer's block. I think everyone can understand that, it's the rest of the film that get's confusing. My take of the film, is this, everything else is a daydream. The end, which is the most confusing part of the film, I take it as this: during the press conference Guido does kill himself and he's now in the afterlife directing the film of "his life." This film has everyone that he's ever met in it. Or, I could just be full of shit and this film "means" absolutely nothing.

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11/24/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Fellini in Wonderland.

Already halfway through 8 1/2, I was taken aback by its absolute genius. I loved the costume design, the cinematography, the dream exhibitions and the wonderful colors… Then I realized the film was in black and white.
And it's because I said that to myself, that I know this film is wonderful in every regard.

It leaps out at you in an ultra-expressionistic manner and takes you into a queer, little world in the mind of a man plagued by writer's block and a creative illness otherwise unknown.
The film begins astonishingly, with a man attempting and succeeding in escaping his fume-filled car during his wait among other vehicles on a boat. This so perfectly sets the tone of escape and redemption for the rest of the film.

The way shots, sound, light and actions are synchronized in perfe...

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03/25/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Wonderfully Original

There are movies that wander spotlessly through Images with little plot to speak of, only a weak premise or free association. Some of the more familiar examples are films such as Mullholand Drive. There are other movies that we common film goers are more familiar with that have a clear plot and message. 81/2 seems to have somehow combined the two; there is a plot, but only just.

The movie flashes between reality and fantasy, sometimes without the audience noticing. In the end it doesn’t particularly matter what’s really happening and what is only in the main characters imagination, because the plot is not confined t either world. The plot revolves around Guido, both External and internal.

It is a character study, but not in the same way that films like
Citizen Cane or There W...

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01/16/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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"Life is a celebration. Let's live it together." - Guido. In the criterion collection, Terry Gilliam's introduction and the audio commentary makes the film more engaging while learning about the director. An artistic, funny, poignant neo-realism/fantasy/drama/comedy, provocative and insightful picture about Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni), a famous sad Italian film director trying to create a sci-fi movie. He invites his wife Luisa Anselm (Anouk Aimée) but is involved with Carla (Sandra Milo). A myriad of women become part of Guido's life such as La Saraghina, Gloria, Madeleine, lady in a hotel, Claudia and more. Despite its complex brilliant technical direction and plot, it is basically about a director's writing block and finding happiness.

Flawless from the score (Nino Rot...

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