8 1 / 2

8 1 / 2

4.3 16
Director: Federico Fellini

Cast: Federico Fellini, Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée

     
 

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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 productionSee more details below

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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).

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
After his international smash La Dolce Vita (1960), Federico Fellini found himself saddled with a case of director's block, inspiring him to make 8 1/2 (1963), about fictional director Guido Anselmi's case of director's block, that made visible the intimate workings of creativity. To reveal Guido's state of mind as he struggles with his filmmaking and multiple demands on his private life, Fellini seamlessly interweaves Guido's activities, fantasies, memories and dreams, doing away with any semblance of straight linear narrative structure in favor of Guido's surreally scattered psyche. In so doing, Fellini, like playwright Luigi Pirandello, reflexively examines the artistic process itself; Guido's turmoil paradoxically brings Fellini's eighth-and-a-half feature (the half stood for two shorts), to fruition. Internationally hailed as an innovative masterpiece, and a commercial success, 8 1/2 won Fellini his third Oscar for Best Foreign Film and inspired a generation of filmmakers with the singularly personal artistry that could only be described by the adjective "Felliniesque." Bob Fosse's All That Jazz (1979) and Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980) were their own 8 1/2s; Nine was the 1982 Broadway musical version.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/1994
UPC:
0030306011738
Original Release:
1963

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 de Santis 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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