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8½ (1963)

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).

2 comments on “8½ (1963)

  1. Frank Mengarelli

    Man, this film is beyond excellent for so many reasons. Have you seen “Nine” yet? I saw it in theaters and just bought it today; I’ve felt it got an unwarranted bum wrap.

    • Klaus

      As much as I wanted to like Nine, I just couldn’t get into it.

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