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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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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 Bachman ... 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)
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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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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Chile:14 | Finland:S | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 (DVD 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:
The title refers to the number of movies Federico Fellini had directed up until that point - six features, two short (1/2) films and "half a picture" (Variety Lights (1950) his first, co-directed with Alberto Lattuada), for a total of 7 1/2. So this one is number 8 1/2.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Guido:Enough of symbolism and these escapist themes of purity and innocence.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in The Cockups (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Concertino alle Terme: SinfoniaSee more »

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83 out of 132 people found the following review useful.
A Five Martini Cinematic Experience, 6 February 2005
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Intellectuals have written volumes on this strange film by Italian New Wave director, Federico Fellini. I am not an intellectual, so my review will be brief. At its most basic, "8 1/2" (a.k.a. "Otto e mezzo") concerns Guido, a film director (supposedly a surrogate for Fellini himself), who is having what amounts to a midlife crisis. Guido is frustrated in his film-making, and by his relations with other people in his life. But the film's story does not proceed in a traditional, linear fashion. Fellini more or less abandons logical narration, in favor of "open form" narration, wherein the story's causal chain of events is broken.

Thus, trying to figure out what is going on in this film can be hard. Guido's fantasies, memories, dreams, and reality co-mingle in a kind of cinematic stew. Fellini presents viewers with a kaleidoscope of surreal B&W images of ordinary objects and eccentric, chattering characters which interact with Guido and with each other, in ways that defy logic, and give breathtaking meaning to the term symbolism. Followers of psychologist Carl Jung would have a field day. In style, the film is flamboyant. In substance, the film is maddeningly subliminal. And yet, even the most metallic cynic, Pauline Kael notwithstanding, must surely appreciate the rareness of Fellini's probing introspection.

Given the bizarre, unstructured content of "8 1/2", I wonder about the issue of necessity. Suppose Fellini had added an extra ten minutes to the screenplay, or deleted ten minutes. Would that have made any difference? Apart from Guido, if this or that character had been deleted, how would that have changed the story's significance? And if, as some have suggested, the film is a mirror image of Fellini's own confused psyche, can the story be construed as an intuition of his future film-making?

"Otto e mezzo" is not for everyone. Like a Zen koan, "8 1/2" invites frustration. It is above all else a celebration of ambiguity and abstraction, a cinematic experience to ponder, especially on the heels of four or five martinis ... or 8 1/2, if you really want to induce immense intellectual insight. Cheers.

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