in about 100 words or less
Italy 138m, B&W
Director: Federico Fellini; Cast:Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo
Endlessly viewable, 8½ is a satirical story about a famous Italian film director named Guido Anselmi who is having difficulty focusing on pre-production plans for his latest work. Despite the efforts of the frenzied production crew, who have constructed an enormous science-fiction themed set for which there is no apparent use, Guido’s days become increasingly complicated with his interest in beautiful actresses, a visit from his estranged wife, and a series of delusional flashbacks in which he attempts to make sense of his life, career and the demands of the project. In many ways, Fellini’s 8½ is the film which his character Guido hopes to make – an intricately designed and exceedingly well-executed production that is filled with intriguing images and beautiful people (Klaus Ming May 2010).