Video Release: January 12, 2010
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion Collection
- Runtime: 138 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in Italian
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.
A fascinating, surreal view of a filmmaker's efforts to develop a new project. Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best Director, Best (Original) Story and Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best (Black-and-White) Costume Design, Best Foreign Film.
The title marks the number of films that Fellini had made by 1963. Although 8 1/2 was in fact 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. Others will appreciate the film for its playful and imaginative scenarios, spinning around each other in a beautiful circus of activity.