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8.9
/10
17,171 Ratings

Directed by Federico Fellini
Italy, France, 1963
Drama, Fantasy, Comedy

Synopsis

Struggling to find inspiration for his next project, acclaimed director Guido Anselmi wrestles with his dreams, memories and desires in his search for creativity. Blending visions with reality, his artistic crisis leads him down many a strange and twisted paths, as his life unravels around him.

Directed by Federico Fellini

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1964 | 2 wins including: Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

1964 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

In many ways, 8½ defined what modern cinema is. I feel its influence all over the place. It’s expressionistic, and it’s also a film that describes the feelings of confusion that we are all dealing with living in the modern world. All the signs and symbols are messed up, and everything is subjective. It’s like some aspect of cinema reached a limit in this film, and I don’t know how it can be surpassed.
June 01, 2018
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As Fellini noted, “what I should like most is that 8 ½ should help banish the neurotic complexes that obsess people who want to change others. I think people should be taken as they are. If the film restored this sense of freedom, then it succeeded”. And in this, 8 ½ succeeds admirably, as a document of personal liberation for its director, and a document of the triumph of the human creative spirit for its audience.
January 07, 2017
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Federico Fellini’s two biggest smash hits were both filmed in black-and-white. But we recall La Dolce Vita as black — the chic night of the Via Veneto. And we recall 8½ as white — the clouds through which the film’s hero floats in the opening dream sequence; the steam room billowing at his spa; the blown-out sunshine blinding his stone courtyards. 8½ is the ethereal one.
May 01, 2015
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