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The Pendragon Society

8½ (1963)

Director: Federico Fellini Cinematographer: Gianni Di Venanzo

Made when neo-realism was still the reigning orthodoxy, Fellini’s surrealist avant-garde masterpiece is a portrait of a famous Italian film director, Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni), who is suffering from “director’s block”. Stalled on his new science fiction film that includes veiled autobiographical references, he loses interest amid artistic and marital difficulties. Fellini delivers a highly influential and inventive spectacle of imagery that’s helped along by a funny and thought provoking script, Mastroianni’s terrific performance and Nino Rota’s unique musical style. While the director’s own autobiographical tendencies became more accentuated with , it’s his ability to draw from other people’s recollections and fantasies as well as his own, that made it his most representative film and one of the greatest ever.

Buy or Rent (watch online)
The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray]
The two hundred days of 8 1/2 (Hardcover)
The White Sheik, La Strada, Amarcord, 8½ (Movie Themes)





Directed by Federico Fellini
Produced by Angelo Rizzoli
Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi
Music by Nino Rota
Cinematography Gianni Di Venanzo
Edited by Leo Catozzo
Running time 138 minutes
Country Italy, France
Language Italian, French, English, German