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8 1/2
     

8 1/2

4.4 16
Director: Federico Fellini

Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée

 

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What's there to say about Federico Fellini's masterpiece that hasn't already been said? It's a classic, no doubt about it. If you've never had the pleasure to see the film before, feast your eyes on the Criterion Collection's two-disc DVD and enjoy the abundant digital goodies contained in it. Disc one contains the film, which has been appropriately letterboxed

Overview

What's there to say about Federico Fellini's masterpiece that hasn't already been said? It's a classic, no doubt about it. If you've never had the pleasure to see the film before, feast your eyes on the Criterion Collection's two-disc DVD and enjoy the abundant digital goodies contained in it. Disc one contains the film, which has been appropriately letterboxed (1.85:1 enhanced), digitally remastered, and restored. Also included is a screen-specific commentary by film critic Gideon Bachmann and NYU Professor of Film Antonio Monda, an optional video introduction by director Terry Gilliam, who explains why he enjoys the film so much and why it remains his favorite Fellini experience. The transfer is exquisite, nicely showing off the film's beautiful black-and-white cinematography by the great Gianni di Venanzo. The film has never looked better on home video. The commentary track also makes this disc extremely worthwhile, as Bachmann and Monda detail every aspect of the film's production, as well as all of the many thematic, psychological, and personal layers that make the film so intriguing. As with the best commentary tracks, it's entertaining as well as informative. Think of it as a fantastic two-hour film course. Disc two continues the outstanding supplements by containing the 52-minute documentary "Fellini: A Director's Notebook," which was originally made for television. The documentary is part fantasy, part reality, and all Fellini. It makes a great addition to the set. Also included on the disc is a very nice 48-minute documentary about Fellini's frequent collaborator, composer Nino Rota, that no fan should miss. In addition, the disc includes interviews with several names: famed cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, most famous for his work on Apocalypse Now and his stunning collaborations for many of Bernardo Bertolucci's films; actress Sandra Milo, who stars in 8 1/2; and director Lina Wertmuller, who was responsible for many controversial and much-talked about films of the '60s and '70s. The disc also contains a plethora of behind-the-scenes stills and production photos. Liner notes are also included with the set. So if you're thinking of adding a new DVD to your collection or wondering which Fellini film to start with, 8 1/2 makes for both a perfect addition and a worthwhile introduction to one of the supreme masters of the cinema.

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:
12/04/2001
UPC:
0037429135624
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:18:00
Sales rank:
24,006

Special Features

New digital trasfer of restored film elements, enhanced for 16x9 televisions, with digital image restoration; Screen-specific audio essay featuring commentary by film critic and Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and N.Y.U. professor of film Antonio Manda; Introduction by Terry Gilliam, director of "Brazil" and "12 Monkeys"; 22-page booklet featuring essays by Fellini, longtime Fellini collaborator and critic Tullio Kezich, and film professor and author Alexander Sesonske; Theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitles; Optimal image quality; "Fellini: A Director's Notebook": a 52-minute film by Federico Fellini; "Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert": a 48-minute documentary about the maestro behind the music of Fellini's films; Interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmüller, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, on the revolutionary art of Gianni di Venanzo; Rare photographs from the collection of Gideon Bachmann; Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production photos; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Traffic Jam [:10]
2. The Cure [:05]
3. The Critic [2:59]
4. Signora Carla [5:16]
5. Mother & Father [3:57]
6. The Hotel [7:37]
7. Grand Evening [3:06]
8. The Clairvoyant [5:26]
9. Asa Nisi Masa [7:16]
10. "Why Don't You Come Visit?" [3:37]
11. "Production" Office [4:01]
12. Claudia in White [5:10]
13. The Fever [4:17]
14. Saraghina [2:19]
15. Punishment [2:53]
16. The Steam Baths [6:12]
17. Luisa [2:22]
18. Spaceship [:59]
19. Pillow Talk [5:50]
20. Luisa & Carla [4:51]
21. Guido's Harem [:31]
22. Jacqueline Bonbon [6:08]
23. Screen Tests [3:44]
24. Claudia in Black [4:46]
25. The Press Conference [8:32]
26. Circus [4:08]
27. End Credits [9:33]
Side #2 --
0. Index
1. "Strange, Lonely Shapes" [4:20]
2. Forgotten Props [1:41]
3. Roman Ruins [2:12]
4. The Man With the Sack [3:29]
5. Kino-Memories [2:07]
6. Professor Genius [4:00]
7. Going Back in Time [4:20]
8. The Old Appian Way [2:59]
9. Marcello [4:49]
10. Screen Test [2:12]
11. The Slaughterhouse [7:49]
12. Fellini's Office [8:53]
13. The End [2:02]

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8 1/2 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
RaphaelM More than 1 year ago
Ordered, paid and didn't received, not even a refund...dissapointed.
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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 . . .