IMDb Top 250: #235 8½

8½ (1963)

Director: Federico Fellini
Writers: Federico Fellini (story), Ennio Flaiano (story)
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale

A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

***

Federico Fellini remains in the history of cinematography as one of the best directors of all time. This movie is, in theory, auto-biographical, but it seems unlikely Fellini would have ever been so artistically challenged.

8½ is a movie about a director who has had a big hit and now seeks to recover from it at a health spa. But he is hounded there and everywhere by those who depend on him – his producer, his writer, his mistress, his would-be stars. The producer has spent a fortune to build a gigantic set of a rocket ship, but the directior has no cue what the movie will be about.

The movie is the portrait of an artist’s biggest nightmares: a lack of ideas, and the balancing act between the artistic and the commercial. I found this movie to be ironic in the fact that it is rich with ideas and brilliant scenes, while being a movie about the so-called artistic bankruptcy.

And, of course, there’s that fabulous scene when our director imagines that all the women in his life have forgiven him. It’s a lot more than that, but I wouldn’t like to spoil the surprise.

Truly brilliant movie. I recommend it.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s