I first watched 8 1/2 about 4 years ago as a freshman in college. Now i am on my senior year and have watched it again. I felt when i first watched it the movie was over my head but now watching it again I appreciate it more. I feel it is a film that I will enjoy more as I get older. What are your thoughts, agree or disagree?
I’m not quite sure what I should be agreeing to, but I disagree(?) I don’t think it was ever over my head, but it definately helps to have a relatively large “film vocabulary.” What do you think changed during the last three years? Did you study the film, do a film or literary degree that may have helped you understand it better?
I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey 2 years ago, when I was 12. I fell asleep… I watched it again this year, and DAMN.
I wasn’t really able to watch movies for a little while after that, nothing could really compare…
That’s kind of how it works, folks. Things get better as you grow older, and you understand things in your 40s that you didn’t get in your 30s that you didn’t get in your 20s that you didn’t get in your teens.
I have watched more art house films since then and i am sure that has helped b/c my movie taste has shifted since i last watched it. Fellini was going through a midlife crisis, if you will. I think the movie gets better as one ages because one has more life experiences.
I tried to watch 8 1/2 over the summer. Wasn’t really feeling it so i stopped watching it. Maybe should give it another chance.
Give it another chance. When it sinks in that the woman who played his mistress actually WAS his mistress and she was willing to play in this movie in order to please her occasional lover, then you will be moving closer to what makes Fellini tick.
finally got around to watching the whole thing. i could see how this film could be viewed from different life stages and a person would find different things in it and perhaps some things would make more sense. there’s definitely a lot going on. there’s a lot to process. i’m glad it wasn’t in color because it would have been nauseating to try and follow another layer of potential meaning etc.
Maverick, how does Sandra Milo’s playing Guido’s mistress while actually being Fellini’s mistress get us closer to what makes Fellini tick?