A talented director’s new project is unravelling around him, along with his life. His search for inspiration leads him down many a strange and twisted paths. Known as one of the greatest films about film ever made, it turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema.
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First, you're shell-shocked by it's style, it's sheer freedom, it's shots. This film is a virus, you won't notice it crawling inside of you until you're unable to sleep at night because of how haunting these images are. Then, you unravel it further and begin to understand the character who must confront every director's worst nightmare: compromises. Past, present, dream, sex, love, success, integrity, he wants it all
This is one of the best movies ever made in my opinion. Fellini is a master, and this is him at his best. The film is worth watching just to look at the exceptionally beautiful women. The dream and fantasy scenes may be the best I have ever seen.
This film is such an honest yet slightly surrealist look at the creative mind and how it clashes with those around it. It deals with love in a way that is cunning yet humane. One of my favorite, if not number one, of Fellini's.
Organised chaos: such is (not) making a film apparently but such is life and dreams. An extraordinary synthesis that is the whole from it’s parts; a rag bag in probably anyone else’s hands, but here a beautiful and seductive unity of procrastination, avoidance, and mess. One of those films that rewards repeated viewings: each time a new insight revealed and reminder of life affirmed.
Art parallels life in this profound exploration of the creative process and personal expectations. The gorgeous camerawork captures so much movement and the intellectual hop scotch keeps the film from feeling drawn out. Side note: Claudia Cardinale is stunning.