8 1/2 (1963)
Manufacturer: Home Vision/Public Media
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.|
Editor's NoteFederico 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.
Cast & Crew
|Frederico Fellini - Director|
|Gianni di Venanzo - Director of Photography|
|Leo Ferre - Musical Score|
|Nino Rota - Musical Score|
|Angelo Rizzoli - Producer|
|Frederico Fellini, et al. - Writer|
Plot SummaryA 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.
|Frederico Fellini, Nominee, Best Director|
|Frederico Fellini, et al., Nominee, Best Writing, Story And Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen|