8½ • 2h 19m
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.
Up Next in 8½
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 on 8½
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...