Then you have to give a try to "Giulietta degli spiriti"
My favorite Fellini film & one of the best films about filmmaking. The imagery (esp. during the dream sequences) digs into your memory and the story completely drew me in. Mastroianni's Guido is a compelling and sympathetic character even as he seems stuck and lost as the directorial and relationship pressures come down on him.
Watching this again for the first time in seven years, in a small theatre, was mind-blowing. It's fascinating and nostalgic to re-watch something after so many years, and to see how you've changed as a cinephile. The black and white is obviously amazing. The first 20 minute sequence is breathtakingly dreamlike. Fellini meshes reality and dreams in the most perfect way.
I was never able to watch this one in 1 sitting. Not even 3. Although I found the camera and light work phenomenal, the nervousness in some scenes is downright annoying to such an extent that - towards the last 20 minutes - I give up and stop watching. The mise-en-scene during the dream sequences feel forced. Some other parts - like the opening scene and the visit to the tower - are pure cinematic gold though.
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*
A love letter to film making. It's Freudian at it's essence. On the surface it's confusing but at some deeper level it makes complete and utter sense. Some of the scenes are unlike anything made before,at the time or since it's creation. The things which alienate many in the audience are of course what makes it unique.
If you're feeling jaded and that movies are just a lot of populist, commercial time wasters, watch this and remember that movies can be a pure and beautiful art form all their own. This is film making at its very best. A perfect film. It could be nothing else.