"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
I was going to give it 4 out of 5 but the ending was amazing the feelings it evoked in me so profound. I believe it was a summation of the dreams of the child Federico realized through his life as a film director but enacted from the eyes of his child self. If 8 1/2 is an autobiographical account of a life as a great director then the ending is so profound a personal summation that 5 out of 5 is indisputable.