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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.


Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 40160594
UPC 037429135624
UPC 14 00037429135624
Format DVD
Release Date 12/4/2001
Name Fellini,Federico
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Cast & Crew
Anouk Aimee - Actor
Claudia Cardinale - Actor
Marcello Mastroianni - Actor
Sandra Milo - Actor
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
Oscar (1964) Frederico Fellini, Nominee, Best Director,Frederico Fellini, et al., Nominee, Best Writing, Story And Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review 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?
Reviewer Hal Hinson
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Black & White
Product Attributes
Actor Fellini,Federico
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Certainly one of the most intensely personal statements ever made on celluloid.

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