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8 1/2

DVD - 2001 | Italian
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Fellini's autobiographically-inspired film about a famous film director (Guido Anselmi) who loses his inspiration in the midst of making a film, and retreats into his memories and fantasies.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2001]
Copyright Date: 001
ISBN: 9780780021990
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Eigh
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 238 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([22] pages : illustrations ; 19 cm).


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Apr 10, 2018

This is a ludicrous sequence of non sequiturs; there is no point to it (and that's the point). Much of the cinematography is pretty good though.

Jul 25, 2013

An insightful look into a film director's (likely Fellini's) world; full of pressures, decisions, insecurity, regret. The women he desires -- one for her brains, and one (at least) for her body; a dream girl, and a childhood memory of a beastly female neanderthal creature dancing the rumba... The scene with Guido (Mastroianni) escorting his father back into his grave left me speechless; I found that especially powerful, albeit grim. Also, the sequence where Guido weakly attempts to assume control of his chaotic bevvy of beauties by cracking a whip was quite amusing. And personally, I wouldn't have minded more screen time for the belladonna Claudia Cardinale. What. A. Knockout. Whew.

Jul 19, 2013

The extra features on disc 2 are actually really good and worth watching!

btmslt Jun 21, 2013

Another artistic fete of Felini's.

Apr 28, 2013

If you're feeling jaded and that movies are just a lot of populist, commercial time wasters, watch this and remember that movies can be a pure and beautiful art form all their own. This is film making at its very best. A perfect film. It could be nothing else.

"I'm putting everything into it. Even a tap dancing sailor."

patricklibrary1 Feb 15, 2012

Stunning work of art.

GManBruce Dec 15, 2011

I watched every Fellini movie as a young man. To see this one again reminds me of why I ever loved film in the first place. It got just about ever accolade the critics and press could possibly hand out.
O ... M ... G!
is this one of the best ever made!?
If you haven't seen a Fillini flick you really don't know what you're comparing anything else to.


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Nov 04, 2013

"No, this guy couldn't do it. He wants to grab everything and devour it. He can't give up a single thing. He changes direction every day for fear of missing the right path." - Guido Anselmi

Jul 25, 2013

(At the train station) Carla: "How are you?" Guido Anselmi: "Not bad." Carla: "Someone here knows you?" Guido Anselmi: "I don't think so, but why did you bring all that luggage?" Carla: "It's only five suitcases. You know evening gowns take up so much room."

Jul 25, 2013

Guido Anselmi (Assessing three old men hoping to be cast in his film): "...They're not old enough." Bruno - il secondo segretario di produzione: "What? This one's ready to drop dead! Next time, I'll bring you three corpses. You wanted a pathetic type. Just look at him, and you start crying."


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