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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

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Guido Anselmi
Luisa Anselmi (as Anouk Aimee)
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
Yvonne Casadei ...
Jacqueline Bonbon
Il partner della telepata
L'agente di Claudia
Nadia Sanders ...
Nadine - la Hostess (as Nadine Sanders)
La nonna di Guido
L'indossatrice (as Hedy Vessel)
Tito Masini ...
Il cardinale
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 ...
Marco Gemini ...
Guido bambino
La madre di Guido
Il padre di Guido
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Un uomo in auto (uncredited)
Francesco Aluigi ...
Moustached violinist (uncredited)
Ennio Antonelli ...
Steam Bath Assistant (uncredited)
Gideon Bachmann ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Nadia Balabine ...
Priest Teacher (uncredited)
Una delle Saraghine (uncredited)
Agnese Bonfanti ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Deena Boyer ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Mathilda Calnan ...
Un'amica di Luisa (uncredited)
Giulio Calì ...
Un uomo ai fanghi (uncredited)
Il giovane sacerdote (uncredited)
Anna Caramini ...
Self (uncredited)
Olimpia Cavalli ...
Olimpia - la prima ragazza provinata (uncredited)
Elisabetta Cini ...
Un cardinale (uncredited)
Tina Comandini ...
Bit part (uncredited)
Alfredo De Lafeld ...
Priest (uncredited)
Sebastiano De Leandro ...
Priest (uncredited)
Dina De Santis ...
Dina - una 'nipote' di Cesarino (uncredited)
Edward Fleming ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Grazia Frasnelli ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Sonia Gessner ...
La seconda ragazza provinata (uncredited)
Eva Gioia ...
Eva - una 'nipote' di Cesarino (uncredited)
Guido da bambino (uncredited)
Un uomo in auto (uncredited)
John Francis Lane ...
Il giornalista (uncredited)
Valentina Lang ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Annarosa Lattuada ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Guglielmo Leoncini ...
Clown Musician (uncredited)
Palma Mangini ...
La vecchia alla fattoria (uncredited)
Roberto Nicolosi ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Un pagliaccio (uncredited)
Maria Raimondi ...
Una zia di Guido (uncredited)
Jackie Rogers ...
Cameo (uncredited)
Bit Part (uncredited)
Luciana Sanseverino ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Il cassiere (uncredited)
Maria Tedeschi ...
La direttrice della scuola (uncredited)
Flaminia Torlonia ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Gondrano Trucchi ...
Il vecchio per il ruolo del padre (uncredited)
Egidio Ummarino ...
Uomo nel Traffico (uncredited)
Roberta Valli ...
Una ragazza alla fattoria (uncredited)
Maria Wertmuller ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Vadim Wolkonsky ...
Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by

Federico Fellini

Written by

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

Produced by

Angelo Rizzoli ... producer

Music by

Nino Rota

Cinematography by

Gianni Di Venanzo ... director of photography

Editing by

Leo Catozzo

Editorial Department

Adriana Olasio ... assistant editor

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
Alessandro von Norman ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Francesco Aluigi ... second assistant director
Guidarino Guidi ... first assistant director
Giulio Paradisi ... second assistant director
Lina Wertmüller ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Sante Barelli ... scenic artist
Luciano Ricceri ... assistant art director
Brunello Rondi ... artistic advisor

Sound Department

Alberto Bartolomei ... sound
Mario Faraoni ... sound

Visual Effects by

Ivan Tozzi ... digital color grading restoration


Pietro Torrisi ... stunts (uncredited)

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

Script and Continuity Department

Mirella Gamacchio ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Angelo Iacono ... production secretary
Albino Morandin ... production secretary
Angelo Rizzoli ... presenter
Adriana Asti ... voice dubbing: Edy Vessel (uncredited)
Ennio Balbo ... voice dubbing: Alfredo De Lafeld (uncredited)
Mario Basili ... production assistant (uncredited)
Alberto Bonucci ... voice dubbing: Jean Rougeul (uncredited)
Mario Carotenuto ... voice dubbing: Mario Conocchia (uncredited)
Carlo Croccolo ... voice dubbing: Guido Alberti (uncredited)
Riccardo Cucciolla ... voice dubbing: Mark Herron (uncredited)
Lia Curci ... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Enzo Liberti ... voice dubbing: Cesare Miceli Picardi (uncredited)
Mario Lombardini ... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Fulvia Mammi ... voice dubbing: Anouk Aimée (uncredited)
Giulietta Masina ... voice dubbing: Giuditta Rissone (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi ... voice dubbing: Frazier Rippy (uncredited) / voice dubbing: Neil Robinson (uncredited)
Stefano Satta Flores ... voice dubbing: additional voices (uncredited)
Deddi Savagnone ... voice dubbing: Madeleine LeBeau (uncredited)
Francesco Sormano ... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Gianrico Tedeschi ... voice dubbing: Ian Dallas (uncredited)
Bice Valori ... voice dubbing: Gilda Dahlberg (uncredited)
Luisella Visconti ... voice dubbing: Elisabetta Catalano (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines A picture that goes beyond what men think about - because no man ever thought about it in quite this way! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La bella confusione (Italy)
  • Otto e mezzo (Italy)
  • Huit et demi (France)
  • Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 (United States)
  • Eight and a Half (United States)
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  • 138 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia 8½ (1963) was shot, like almost all Italian movies at the time, completely without sound recording on set. All dialogue was dubbed during post production. Federico 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) See more »
Goofs When Guido visits the cardinal in the mud bath, the cardinal is sitting in a chair, fully dressed in his cassock, as two attendants use a sheet to form a curtain around him; however, as the camera cuts to a closer angle, the cardinal is suddenly undressed to the waist. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985). See more »
Soundtracks The Ride of the Valkyries See more »
Quotes Claudia: I don't understand. He meets a girl that can give him a new life and he pushes her away?
Guido: Because he no longer believes in it.
Claudia: Because he doesn't know how to love.
Guido: Because it isn't true that a woman can change a man.
Claudia: Because he doesn't know how to love.
Guido: And above all because I don't feel like telling another pile of lies.
Claudia: Because he doesn't know how to love.
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