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4.4
14,937 Ratings

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

Synopsis

A talented directors 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 mans artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema.

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Directed by Federico Fellini

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1963

Berlin International Film Festival

2002

Academy Awards

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

1964 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

Locarno International Film Festival

2011

What are people saying?

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film 8½

    aka 'The Secret Life of Guido Mitty', or 'Guido Liar'. One of cinema's great misogynist fantasists, Guido has both power and women, but both ultimately prove his downfall. Luisa is our guide here, should Guido's poor choices ever appear at all reasonable - but her ultimate choice is perhaps Fellini's own male wish-fulfillment fantasy? As always, Fellini expertly balances the breathless chaos with dark intimacy.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film 8½

    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.

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film 8½

    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

  • ramosbarajas's rating of the film 8½

    From the beginning it's aloof and stylistic. It starts in the middle of the action, making it a bit confusing, but it's enjoyable. The best scenes where the memories and fantasies. The Asa nisi masa scene was so sweet and nostalgic that I can relate. The cinematography is amazing, and has the best use of black and white in a B&W film. It's a technical masterpiece, even if I thought it was too long at times.

  • Catarina C Gomes's rating of the film 8½

    The memories of a man´s life at what seems the premise of the end of his carrer. For a man who has always created histories, that means almost as much as fisical death. When nothing else comes to mind, all there is to do is remember. At least until something good comes along. Destroying is better than creating when we are not creating the few truly necessary things - that´s the only message I take from this film.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film 8½

    Marcello is one of the best actors in the world. Put him together with Fellini at his prime, and fireworks go off. This is a film to study and learn from.

  • Scottie Ferguson's rating of the film 8½

    Essentially, I see this as a companion piece to La Dolce Vita. Both are about a man (played by Marcello Mastroianni) who has all the love in the world but is incapable of giving it back. But while La Dolce Vita serves as social commentary, 8 1/2 is about the search for artistic fulfillment. Though I enjoyed it, I'll still take Fellini's epic vision of nighttime Rome over his surreal film-about-a-film any day.

  • tiagovitoria's rating of the film 8½

    Is an example of how movie should work the subconscious of human beings, their frustrations and adversities. The pace of the film is brilliant as well as lighting that is working so oddly well by Gianni Di Venanzo. The way Fellini moves the camera through the voices of people who are constantly bugging and yelling with opinions and recommendations is a unique piece of true film making.