Essential Art House: 8 1/2

Essential Art House: 8 1/2
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1963
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Italian
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by , , &
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1963 - Best Foreign Language Film

Entertainment Reviews:

Chicago Sun-Times - 05/28/2000
"...8 1/2 is the best film ever made about filmmaking....The film weaves in and out of reality and fantasy....It is a film filled to bursting with inspiration..."
USA Today - 12/28/2001
"...The most famous screen treatise ever about the illogical undertaking of making a movie..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/11/2002
"...The greatest mind-game movie ever..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...[T]he ideas and texture of 8 1/2 have never ceased to be an inspiration to artists everywhere..."
Empire - 02/01/2009
"[T]he film teems with Jungian imagery, while grappling with the alienating effects of modernity and, overall, the exasperating quest for contentment in an arbitrary and uncertain world."
Los Angeles Times - 04/23/2010
"[T]his film retains an ability to enthrall and delight that has not diminished over the years."

Plot Synopsis:

A fascinating, surreal view of a filmmaker's efforts to develop a new project, 8 1/2
stars Fellini regular Marcello Mastroianni in this semiautobiographical piece about a movie director's midlife crisis. Replete with fabulous performances and signature Fellini visual touches, it stars Anouk Aimée, Sandro Milo, and Claudia Cardinale. 8 1/2 is a touching, hilarious, and meditative viewing experience.

Plot Keywords:

Actresses | Classic | Essential Cinema | Fantasy | Fantasy Worlds | Film About Film | Filmmakers | Filmmaking | Recommended | Satire | Self Analysis | Showbiz | Surreal | Theatrical Release | Women

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: June 25, 1963.
  • The title marks the number of films that Fellini had made by 1963. Although 8 1/2 was actually Fellini's ninth film, his first two films were directorial collaborations: VARIETY LIGHTS (with Alberto Lattuada) and THE WHITE SHEIK (with Arturo Galea).
  • Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best Director, Best (Original) Story and Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best (Black-and-White) Costume Design, Best Foreign Film.
  • This film is considered to be the favorite of Fellini fans. It is likewise heralded by critics, directors, film-buffs, and scholars as having created its own unique cinematic language. Fellini's ability to capture the frustration of a director who cannot answer the questions asked of him by a stream of actors, journalists, and agents is what most industry professionals admire about the film. For Fellini fans, it is the way that the director shows Guido's total frustration with his love life, his ego, his creative ability, and his past by leading viewers on a tour of his bizarre psyche.

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