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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luisa Anselmi (as Anouk Aimee)
Rossella Falk ...
Madeleine Lebeau ...
Madeleine, l'attrice francese
Caterina Boratto ...
Eddra Gale ...
La Saraghina (as Edra Gale)
Guido Alberti ...
Mario Conocchia ...
Conocchia, il direttore di produzione
Bruno Agostini ...
Bruno - il secondo segretario di produzione
Cesarino Miceli Picardi ...
Cesarino, l'ispettore di produzione
Jean Rougeul ...
Carini, il critico cinematografico
Mario Pisu ...


Guido is a film director, trying to relax after his last big hit. He can't get a moment's peace, however, with the people who have worked with him in the past constantly looking for more work. He wrestles with his conscience, but is unable to come up with a new idea. While thinking, he starts to recall major happenings in his life, and all the women he has loved and left. An autobiographical film of Fellini, about the trials and tribulations of film making. Written by Colin Tinto <>

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$50,690 (USA) (23 April 1999)

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The film's working title was "La Bella Confusione", i.e. "The Beautiful Confusion". See more »


When Guido visits Carla during her illness, a strap of her slip disappears in the close shot after she rolls over, but is apparent in longer shots both prior and after. See more »


Writer: Why piece together the tatters of your life - the vague memories, the faces... the people you never knew how to love?
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Referenced in Escape from the Newsroom (2002) See more »


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Impossible to discuss here
18 February 2004 | by (St. Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Swirling, kaleidoscopic rumination from Fellini. The other user comments here (as well as many professional reviews) show how difficult it is to discuss this film briefly, so I don't think I'm going to try. I would only say that, like other films that push at the boundaries of cinematic greatness--`Citizen Kane,' `Nashville,' and `Brazil' are three others that come to mind--it isn't really possible to place `8 ½' in any simple category. It is a comedy and a tragedy, a satire and a celebration, a movie about love and about the lack of it, a movie about making art and a movie about living, an autobiography and the most challenging kind of fiction, a masterpiece of style and a movie that's really about something. It's not for everyone, but it should be, and it's quite possibly the single greatest movie I have ever seen. 11 out of 10.

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