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(1963)

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The title refers to the number of movies Federico Fellini had directed up until that point - six features, two shorts (films #7 and #8) and a co-directed film with Alberto Lattuada, for a total of 8 1/2 films.
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Federico Fellini attached a note to himself below the camera's eyepiece which read, "Remember, this is a comedy."
Federico Fellini was well-known for working without a stable, finished screenplay. At one point during pre-production, he had completely forgot what his next work would have been about, his original idea had completely gone. While he was set to communicate to the movie producer Angelo Rizzoli his intention of abandoning the project, Fellini was invited to the birthday party of a head camera-operator of Cinecittà. All of a sudden, during the celebration, he got a new idea: his film would have told about a film-director who was going to direct a film, but he forgot what it was about.
8½ was shot, like almost all Italian movies at the time, completely without sound recording on set. All dialogue was dubbed during post production. Fellini was known for shouting direction at his actors during shooting, and for rewriting dialogue afterwards, making a lot of the dialogue in the movie appear out-of-sync. (Source: High-def Digest)
Often cited by Federico Fellini himself as one of his favorite films ever, even considering other directors' works.
The original ending scene featured Guido and his wife sitting together in the restaurant car of a train bound for Rome. Lost in thought, Guido looked up to see all the characters of his film smiling ambiguously at him as the train entered a tunnel. Federico Fellini then shot an alternative ending set around the spaceship on the beach at dusk but with the intention of using the scenes as a trailer for promotional purposes only. He and his co-writers, however, decided that this alternate sequence served as a more harmonious and exuberant ending to the film.
Because of a strike at the development & print lab at Cinecittà, during post-production, Federico Fellini was unable to check the daily shoot. He reportedly never took vision of the filmed material until the movie editing phase.
At one point, Federico Fellini wanted to cast Laurence Olivier in the lead role.
The film's working title was "La Bella Confusione", i.e. "The Beautiful Confusion".
Voted as the 10th greatest film of all time in Sight & Sound's 2012 critic's poll.
During the rehearsal scene, the melody of Godfather can be heard on the piano. The movie has the same composer as The Godfather
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In 2002, named by "Positif" (France) as one of the 50 best films of the last 50 years (critics' choice: #3)
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Was the basis for the Broadway Musical "Nine", which won the Tony for best musical in 1982 and for best musical revival in 2003.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Was chosen by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "100 New Classics ranking as #74 in the June 20, 2008 issue. The issue ranked the greatest movies of the previous 25 years.
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Italian censorship visa # 39461 delivered on 6-2-1963.
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Federico Fellini: [vaudeville] The street magician's appearance and act.
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