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8½ -- Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini's 8½ turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. An early working title was The Beautiful Confusion, and Fellini's masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act.
8½ -- Corinth's NEW restored HD digital trailer of the Italian masterpiece 8 1/2.

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Director:
Writers:
Federico Fellini (story) &
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Release Date:
25 June 1963 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A picture that goes beyond what men think about - because no man ever thought about it in quite this way! See more »
Plot:
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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(28 articles)
Film Review: '8½'
 (From CineVue. 12 May 2015, 1:58 PM, PDT)

Why Federico Fellini's 8½ is the film you should watch this week – video review
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 1 May 2015, 8:29 AM, PDT)

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Artsy-schmartsy, pseudo-intellectual Fellini is one big yawn. See more (210 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marcello Mastroianni ... Guido Anselmi

Claudia Cardinale ... Claudia

Anouk Aimée ... Luisa Anselmi (as Anouk Aimee)

Sandra Milo ... Carla
Rossella Falk ... Rossella

Barbara Steele ... Gloria Morin
Madeleine Lebeau ... Madeleine, l'attrice francese
Caterina Boratto ... La signora misteriosa
Eddra Gale ... La Saraghina (as Edra Gale)
Guido Alberti ... Pace, il produttore
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 ... Mario Mezzabotta
Yvonne Casadei ... Jacqueline Bonbon
Ian Dallas ... Il partner della telepata
Mino Doro ... L'agente di Claudia
Nadia Sanders ... Nadine, la Hostess (as Nadine Sanders)
Georgia Simmons ... La nonna di Guido
Edy Vessel ... L'indossatrice (as Hedy Vessel)
Tito Masini ... Il cardinale
Annie Gorassini ... L'amica del produttore
Rossella Como ... Un'amica di Luisa
Mark Herron ... Il corteggiatore di Luisa
Marisa Colomber ... Una zia di Guido
Neil Robinson ... L'agente dell'attrice francese
Elisabetta Catalano ... Matilde, la sorella di Luisa
Eugene Walter ... Il giornalista americano
Hazel Rogers ... La negretta
Gilda Dahlberg ... La moglie del giornalista americano
Mario Tarchetti ... L'ufficio di stampa di Claudia
Mary Indovino ... La telepata
Frazier Rippy ... Il segretario laico
Francesco Rigamonti ... Un'amico di Luisa
Giulio Paradisi ... Un'amico
Marco Gemini ... Guido da ragazzo
Giuditta Rissone ... La madre di Guido
Annibale Ninchi ... Il padre di Guido
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Acqua ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Gideon Bachmann ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Maria Antonietta Beluzzi ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Agnes Bonfanti ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Deena Boyer ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Mathilda Calnan ... Un'amica di Luisa (uncredited)
Giulio Calì ... Un uomo ai fanghi (uncredited)
Franco Caracciolo ... Young Priest (uncredited)
Anna Caramini ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Olimpia Cavalli ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Elisabetta Cini ... Un cardinale (uncredited)
Alfredo De Lafeld ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Sebastiano De Leandro ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Dina De Santis ... Dina, 'nipote' di Cesarino (uncredited)
Edward Fleming ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Grazia Frasnelli ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Sonia Gessner ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Eva Gioia ... Eva, 'nipote' di Cesarino (uncredited)
Riccardo Guglielmi ... Guido da bambino (uncredited)
John Karlsen ... L'uomo in auto (uncredited)
John Francis Lane ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Valentina Lang ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Annarosa Lattuada ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Palma Mangini ... La vecchia alla fattoria (uncredited)
Roberto Nicolosi ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Polidor ... Un pagliaccio (uncredited)
Maria Raimondi ... Una zia di Guido (uncredited)

Nino Rota ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Luciana Sanseverino ... Bit Part (uncredited)
John Stacy ... Il cassiere (uncredited)
Maria Tedeschi ... La direttrice della scuola (uncredited)
Flaminia Torlonia ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Roberta Valli ... La ragazza alla fattoria (uncredited)
Maria Wertmuller ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Vadim Wolkowsky ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Federico Fellini 
 
Writing credits
Federico Fellini (story) &
Ennio Flaiano (story)

Ennio Flaiano (screenplay) &
Tullio Pinelli (screenplay) &
Federico Fellini (screenplay) &
Brunello Rondi (screenplay)

Produced by
Angelo Rizzoli .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
 
Cinematography by
Gianni Di Venanzo 
 
Film Editing by
Leo Cattozzo  (as Leo Catozzo)
 
Production Design by
Piero Gherardi 
 
Art Direction by
Piero Gherardi 
 
Set Decoration by
Vito Anzalone 
 
Costume Design by
Piero Gherardi 
Leonor Fini (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Otello Fava .... makeup artist
Renata Magnanti .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Mario Basili .... production manager
Clemente Fracassi .... production manager
Nello Meniconi .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francesco Aluigi .... assistant director
Guidarino Guidi .... second assistant director
Giulio Paradisi .... assistant director
Alessandro von Norman .... assistant director (as Alessandro Norman)
Lina Wertmüller .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Luciano Ricceri .... assistant scenic designer
Brunello Rondi .... artistic advisor
 
Sound Department
Alberto Bartolomei .... sound
Mario Faraoni .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pasqualino De Santis .... camera operator (as Pasquale De Santis)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Orietta Nasalli-Rocca .... assistant costume designer (as Orietta Nasalli Rocca)
Clara Poggi .... tailor
 
Editorial Department
Adriana Olasio .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Mirella Gamacchio .... script supervisor
Angelo Iacono .... production assistant
Albino Morandini .... production assistant (as Albino Morandin)
Mario Basili .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mario Carotenuto .... voice dubbing: Mario Conocchia (uncredited)
Renata Marini .... voice dubbing: Anouk Aimée (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi .... voice dubbing: Frazier Rippy (uncredited)
Stefano Satta Flores .... voice dubbing: Guido Alberti (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Federico Fellini's 8 1/2" - USA
"Federico Fellini's 8½" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
138 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Finland:S | Germany:12 | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:AL (TV rating) | Norway:16 | Norway:15 (2004) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2003) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1989) | USA:Not Rated
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Trivia:
Voted as the 10th greatest film of all time in Sight & Sound's 2012 critic's poll.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Guido and Claudia go out for their drive, they stop near some springs. Guido exits the passenger side of the car (off camera); we hear the door open and close. But when Claudia, who was driving, steps out moments later (also off camera), we never hear her door open or close.See more »
Quotes:
Guido:All the confusion of my life... has been a reflection of myself! Myself as I am, not as I'd like to be.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Danse des MirlitonsSee more »

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36 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Artsy-schmartsy, pseudo-intellectual Fellini is one big yawn., 19 April 2001

Fellini's abstract, artful, surrealistic masterpieces certainly deserve their place in cinematic history, but "8 1/2" should not be among them. I know it's not posh to put down Italy's genius (I seldom see any critics having the balls to do so), but I cannot applaud a respected artist's piece of work simply on name value when, for me, it is meritless as entertainment, does little to stimulate the mind other than to numb it, or further the appreciation of film making. Mind-altering drugs should not be an option for getting through a difficult movie. As a result, all "8 1/2" did for me was induce drowsiness. Overlong, laborious, ostentatious, and utterly self-indulgent, this is the kind of movie to see if you are a chronic insomniac. Folks, put away those expensive and dangerous tablets and pills...try "8 1/2"..for a nice, safe and restful sleep.

Supposedly, this is one of Fellini's most intensely personal projects. Big deal. Marcello Mastroianni portrays an obsessed Fellini-like filmmaker in the midst of undertaking a new project, enslaved by weird, warped, surreal visions and concepts that serve as motivators. A number of foreign beauties (Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee) are entrapped in subplots that go virtually nowhere. I remember "Fellini Satyricon" as being an equally difficult, visually-arresting piece, but at least the director had the sense to make it forbiddenly erotic with its bizarre assortment of characters prancing about in panoramic perversity.

Self-analytical, psychological mumbo-jumbo goes just so far. You remember those inane "Saturday Night Live" skits with Gilda Radner that spoofed these heady, overblown Italian movies? They were pointing their finger at this baby, not "La Dolce Vita," a far better film.

If ambiguous, esoteric, highly pretentious art is your thing...go for it. If not, but you feel you'd like to fit in and hold your own in a Fellini(esque) conversation, may I suggest his more plot-friendly "masterpieces" -- "Nights of Cabiria," "La Strada" or even the slim but delightful "Ginger and Fred," all showcasing the extraordinary talents of Fellini's legendary wife Giulietta Masina.

Come to think of it, perhaps SHE is what this film is missing!

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