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8 1/2 (1963)

Director: Federico Fellini     Starring: Marcello Mastroianni
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40160594
UPC: 037429135624
UPC 14: 00037429135624
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One of the greatest films about film ever made, Frederico Fellini's 8 1/2 turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) is a director whose film--and life--is collapsing around him. An early working title for the film was La Bella Confusione (The Beatiful Confusion), and Fellini's masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the 1963 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign-Language Film--one of the most written about, talked about, and imitated movies of all time--in a beautifully restored new digital transfer. Disc two features a rarely seen film Fellini made for television in 1969, Fellini: A Director's Notebook. This "notebook" of ideas, sketches, and unfinished projects provides a fascinating window on Fellini's creative process. Also, Nino Rota: Between Cinema And Concert gives a compelling portrait of the understated maestro behind the music of Fellini's films.

"Certainly one of the most intensely personal statements ever made on celluloid.  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's Note
Federico Fellini's Oscar-nominated 8 1/2 is a masterpiece of storytelling and cinema. The most autobiographical of Fellini's films, the plot of which concerns a 43-year-old film director who is having a midlife crisis, it is a career benchmark for this magnificent Italian New Wave director. Beautifully choreographed with flashbacks, dream sequences, exaggerated fantasy scenes, and magical surrealist episodes, 8 1/2 is one of the richest, most exuberant movies ever made, in the mode of Fellini's artfully abstract LA DOLCE VITA and AMARCORD.

Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) is at a crisis point in his life and his work; in the opening sequence, Guido, suffocating, is caught in traffic with the windows of his car locked shut. He climbs out of the sunroof and literally rises up over the highway into the clouds, seemingly free, when he realizes there's a rope tied around his ankle that is violently pulling him back to earth. Cutting from this dream to the health spa where Guido is trying to recapture his creativity and write the screenplay for his next film, his vices become clear: Guido is self-absorbed, and he's distracted by the fabulous cast of actresses, intellectuals, and eccentrics who have joined him at the spa. Additionally he struggles with Freudian complexes about his wife (Anouk Aimée), his lover (Sandro Milo), his ideal woman (Claudia Cardinale), and his dead parents; and his repressive Catholic guilt follows him everywhere like a haunting mist.


Video Features DVD, Black & White

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Home Vision/Public Media
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/4/2001
Video Play Time Running Time: 138 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1963
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 020
Video UPC UPC: 00037429135624
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Italian
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Italian
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anouk Aimee
Video Cast Info Claudia Cardinale
Video Cast Info Marcello Mastroianni
Video Cast Info Sandra Milo
Video Cast Info Frederico Fellini - Director
Video Cast Info Gianni di Venanzo - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Leo Ferre - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Nino Rota - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Angelo Rizzoli - Producer
Video Cast Info Frederico Fellini, et al. - Writer
Plot Summary
A fascinating, surreal view of a filmmaker's efforts to develop a new project, 8 1/2|stars Fellini regular Marcello Mastroianni in this semiautobiographical piece about a movie director's midlife crisis. Replete with fabulous performances and signature Fellini visual touches, it stars Anouk Aimée, Sandro Milo, and Claudia Cardinale. 8 1/2 is a touching, hilarious, and meditative viewing experience.


Oscar (1964)
   Video Award Name Frederico Fellini, Nominee, Best Director
   Video Award Name Frederico Fellini, et al., Nominee, Best Writing, Story And Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen

Professional Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
"...8 1/2 is the best film ever made about filmmaking....The film weaves in and out of reality and fantasy....It is a film filled to bursting with inspiration..." 05/28/2000 p.5

USA Today
"...The most famous screen treatise ever about the illogical undertaking of making a movie..." 12/28/2001 p.5D

Entertainment Weekly
"...The greatest mind-game movie ever..." 01/11/2002 p.32

"...[T]he ideas and texture of 8 1/2 have never ceased to be an inspiration to artists everywhere..." 12/01/2003 p.10

"[T]he film teems with Jungian imagery, while grappling with the alienating effects of modernity and, overall, the exasperating quest for contentment in an arbitrary and uncertain world." 02/01/2009

Los Angeles Times
"[T]his film retains an ability to enthrall and delight that has not diminished over the years." 04/23/2010

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
Thirty years after Fellini made 8 1/2, films like this have grown rare... The self-indulgence and utter self-absorption of Fellini, two of the film's charms, would be vetoed by modern financial backers... A movie like this is like a splash of cold water in the face, a reminder that the movies really can shake us up... Ironic, that Fellini's film about artistic bankruptcy seems richer in invention that almost anything else around. - Roger Ebert

Washington Post 10 of 10
Never again was Fellini as successful as he was here in his use of film as a theater for soul-searching.... Has there ever been a filmmaker who got more pleasure out of hating his weaknesses than Fellini? Or displayed them with greater pride and verve? - Hal Hinson

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Fellini,Federico
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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