DVD Review - 8½ (1963)

8½, 1963.

Directed by Federico Fellini.

Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee and Sandra Milo.


Guido (Mastroianni), a tired movie director, begins to fantasize about past occurrences in his life.

8½ reaches its 50th birthday this year, celebrated with a splendid restored DVD and Blu-ray. In its golden year, there isn’t much to be said about Fellini’s classic that hasn’t already been said. One of the major dilemmas possibly hounding its new release, however, is whether it still holds up. With the aesthetic and style of the 60s rejuvenated thanks to the likes of Mad Men, 8½ now, perhaps more than ever, appears all kinds of cool. The fact that the film relies heavily on fantasy moments – psychologically timeless – also means the content defies aging. It comes to us again as immaculate and crisp as Guido’s suits.

The film is one deserving of multiple viewings (for those that
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