8½

Directed by Federico Fellini • 1963 • Italy

Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. An early working title for 8 1/2 was The Beautiful Confusion, and Fellini's masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act.

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8½
  • Directed by Federico Fellini • 1963 • Italy

    Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand...

Extras

  • 8½ Commentary

    This commentary combines an audio essay, read by actress Tanya Zalcon and interviews with Fellini friend and documentarian Gideon Bachmann and NYU film professor Antonio Monda. It was recorded in New York and Berlin in 2001.

  • Terry Gilliam

  • Fellini: A Director’s Notebook

    Federico Fellini made this hour-long "documentary" for producer Peter Goldfarb and NBC in 1969. A meditation on his films-including those he had abandoned and those he had not yet made-it follows the path laid out by 8½ and leading to such later self-reflexive films as Fellini's Roma and Orchestr...

  • The Last Sequence

    Federico Fellini originally intended for 8½ to end with a surreal sequence in a train car-sets were built and footage was shot, but all that remains are still photographs. From this starting point, Mario Sesti's fifty-two-minute documentary details the story of that original ending and how it cam...

  • Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert

    The following documentary profiles director Federico Fellini’s longtime composer Nino Rota.

  • Sandra Milo on 8½

  • Lina Wertmüller on 8½

  • Vittorio Storaro on 8½