One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s 8½ (Otto e mezzo) turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) is a director whose film—and life—is collapsing around him. An early working title for the film was La bella confusione (The Beautiful Confusion), and Fellini’s masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act. —The Criterion Collection
Federico Fellini was born in 1920 to a provincial middle-class family in Rimini, a small town on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The lack of available options to young men in provincial towns is an important theme in some of his films, most notably I Vitelloni and Amarcord. In fact, Orson Welles once described Fellini as “a small-town boy who’s never really come to Rome. He’s still dreaming about it. And we should all be grateful for those dreams.” He initially arrived in Rome as a law student but his career as a satirical cartoonist and gag writer was already well established by then. His childhood fascination with the circus and the Grand Guignol also governed his cinephilia in these early years. His favourite films were American comedies by Chaplin, Keaton, Harry Langdon and the Marx Brothers. It was only after he came into contact with the circle of Ettore Scola, Cesare Zavattini, Aldo Fabrizi and Roberto Rossellini, that he would seriously consider the cinema as a medium of expression… read more
It's amazing how Fellini creates these huge dreamscapes in the mind of Guido Anselmi and cuts between Guido's fantasies and his reality. It's mind-blowingly beautiful.
Meraviglioso.Otto e mezzo è un circo, libero dagli schemi narrativi tradizionali, le cui parti scivolano una nell'altra con una fluidità straordinaria,non stecca mai,tanto la sua partitura è complessa quanto il suo ritmo è perfetto.Fotografia sublime,carrellate che diventano estasi visiva, colonna sonora perfetta,con in più un Mastroianni monumentale.Fellini esalta tutto ciò e lo rende storia del cinema.5*
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