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8½ (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 June 1963 (USA)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Guido Anselmi
... Claudia
... Luisa Anselmi (as Anouk Aimee)
... Carla
... Rossella
... Gloria Morin
... Madeleine, l'attrice francese
... La signora misteriosa
... 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
... Carini, il critico cinematografico
Mario Pisu ... Mario Mezzabotta
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Storyline

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 <cst@imdb.com>

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This film talks about you...about your life...about your family...about your work...about your doubts...about your dreams...You will see yourself in the leading role as though you were looking in a mirror...This is your film. See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,947, 11 April 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,690, 25 April 1999
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Often cited by Federico Fellini himself as one of his favorite films ever, even considering other directors' works. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Guido: All the confusion of my life... has been a reflection of myself! Myself as I am, not as I'd like to be.
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Concertino alle Terme: Sinfonia
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Written by Nino Rota
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Such Vitriol
31 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

I have to admit that my love of movies has always allowed me to endure those which demand a lot of me. When I watched my first Fellini movies, I have to admit I was confused. I was young and they were intimidating. And, yes, there were a lot of pretentious people around, acting as if they understood every second. What films like "8 1/2" did for me was to stretch my own thoughts and intellectual being. Those of you who write such angry commentary on movies thought to be classics by the vast majority critics seem to think that Fellini was making art so people could sit around pontificating. To give this a one out of ten shows a kind of petulance and childishness. It simply shows that you have disdain for people that don't agree with you, not with the director or his product. It would be like disliking "Ghandi" because people who see it sit around with their friends and pretend to be compassionate. There are numerous parts of this film that are very accessible and gripping. Fellini was attempting to show how difficult it is to make films that give us the soul of the director.


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