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.
Masterpiece. This film sucks you into the subconscious of a man torn between his past, present and the heavy weight of expectations - and there is also a beautiful love story. It feels so human, yet so full of imagination with absolutely startling cinematography. To make it even more interesting, this is also a film about the making of itself. I have never seen anything like this.
Great individual moments and some of the most gorgeous women put on film, but I just can't seem to adore this Fellini movie as much as every other critic and film fan do. For me the entire film feels like a practical joke by a director who has no idea how to make his own movie work. Instead it is a episodic and filled with surreal moments as he was hoping people will like it just because it is part autobiographical.
8½ is really a groundbreaking masterpiece of world cinema. In my opinion, this movie is the best work from director Federico Fellini. 8½ is full of surreal and dreamy imagery. This movie use a non-conventional storytelling. This movie tells about a famous film director who suffers from stifled creativity. Not to mention that gorgeous cinematography. Marcello Mastroianni played Guido with perfection. SPECTACULAR!
Not only is this piece of classic cinema seen by most as Federico Fellini's greatest achievement, but it is also widely considered one of the greatest films ever created. It has definitely withstood the test of time and its's influence can be seen throughout newer cinema, such as in Bob Fosse's phenomenally explosive musical All that Jazz, or in Quentin Tarantino's cult masterpiece Pulp Fiction. Definitely a must see
"Drama, Fantasy, Comedy" - best description for a undefinable and unique movie. I was completely hypnotised with its breathtaking images, its amazing script and god, could we talk about how beautiful and amazing the actresses are?? It think it's an incredible piece of art that must be watched several times to fully grasp its beauty and mystery - speaking of which I'm playing it again right now :)
A good film but is it the best Fellini? I prefer "La Strada", "Nights of Cabiria" and "Orchestra Rehearsal" (in that order) over "8 1/2". A few questions--why does Claudia Cardinale alone among all others get called by her own name in the film? The discussions on theology are far from comedy--it has depth. Did Fellini stumble here intentionally? Why does Guido carry a burning cigarette into a turkish bath?
Utterly self-indulgent yet also quite wonderful - this "cinema classic" actually still holds up well - not least because of the prefiguring of modern concepts of intermingling realistic/dramatised elements, and viewer uncertainty about what's 'real' . It's also beautifully shot and some of the visual composition and beauty *still* is stunning and fresh