DIRECTED BY FEDERICO FELLINI
ITALY, 1963, 138 MIN
IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
For some, 8½ is the archetype of the autobiographical film (it certainly has its imitators). But it may even be more than that. This grand epic brings us into the creative process as it is experienced, taking us into the mind of Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni), a filmmaker having an artistic crisis who cannot make his next film. And the film he cannot make is the one we watch as his desires and fears are laid before us. The best cast Fellini could attract, including Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée and Sandra Milo, supports Mastroianni, and the film is rounded by Nino Rota’s remarkable score. 8½ mixes reality and fantasy in such a way that it is impossible to find a difference between them. By doing this, the film remains a singular masterpiece, deserving of its many awards (including the 1963 Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film) and place in all the “Best Films” lists. As presented in a new, stunning, and revealing digital restoration for its 50th anniversary, the richness of the film’s images will astonish you whether this is only one of many times you have seen it or, if you are lucky, your first.