8½

Federico Fellini (1963)

132min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
Having made six features and three short films, director Federico Fellini reckoned that this mesmerising insight into the creative process took his tally of movies to eight-and-a-half. The winner of the best foreign language film Oscar, this is a complex and painfully honest study of a man in a personal and professional crisis. After La Dolce Vita, Fellini was faced with the problem of repeating his success and this soul-searching film, with its mix of daydreams, memories, nightmares and frustrating confrontations, is a fantasy chronicle of his attempts to sustain his reputation as a cinematic genius. As the tormented film-maker, the exceptional Marcello Mastroianni is superbly supported by Anouk Aimée and Claudia Cardinale.

Summary

A famous movie director's fantasy life begins to overlap with reality during a visit to a resort hotel designed to help him recover from nervous exhaustion. Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning semi-autobiographical drama, starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee and Barbara Steele. In Italian, English, French and German.

Cast & Crew

Guido Anselmi Marcello Mastroianni
Claudia Claudia Cardinale
Luisa Anselmi Anouk Aimée
Carla Sandra Milo
Rossella Rossella Falk
Gloria Morin Barbara Steele
Mezzabotta Mario Pisu
Producer Guido Alberti
French actress Madeleine Lebeau
Writer Jean Rougeul
Director Federico Fellini
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Other Information

Language: Italian +subtitlesBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: British Film Institute LtdGuidance: Contains violence and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 May 2015
Drama