8 1/2 [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] 
- SKU: 4477293
- Release Date: 12/04/2001
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- New digital trasfer of restored film elements, enhanced for 16x9 televisions, with digital image restoration
- Screen-specific audio essay featuring commentary by film critic and Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and N.Y.U. professor of film Antonio Manda
- Introduction by Terry Gilliam, director of "Brazil" and "12 Monkeys"
- 22-page booklet featuring essays by Fellini, longtime Fellini collaborator and critic Tullio Kezich, and film professor and author Alexander Sesonske
- Theatrical trailer
- New and improved English subtitles
- Optimal image quality
- "Fellini: A Director's Notebook": a 52-minute film by Federico Fellini
- "Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert": a 48-minute documentary about the maestro behind the music of Fellini's films
- Interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmüller, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, on the revolutionary art of Gianni di Venanzo
- Rare photographs from the collection of Gideon Bachmann
- Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production photos
- Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
Fresh off of the international success of La Dolce Vita, master director Federico Fellini moved into the realm of self-reflexive autobiography with what is widely believed to be his finest and most personal work. Marcello Mastroianni delivers a brilliant performance as Fellini's alter ego Guido Anselmi, a film director overwhelmed by the large-scale production he has undertaken. He finds himself harangued by producers, his wife, and his mistress while he struggles to find the inspiration to finish his film. The stress plunges Guido into an interior world where fantasy and memory impinge on reality. Fellini jumbles narrative logic by freely cutting from flashbacks to dream sequences to the present until it becomes impossible to pry them apart, creating both a psychological portrait of Guido's interior world and the surrealistic, circus-like exterior world that came to be known as "Felliniesque." 8 1/2 won an Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, as well as the grand prize at the Moscow Film Festival, and was one of the most influential and commercially successful European art movies of the 1960s, inspiring such later films as Bob Fosse's All That Jazz (1979), Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980), and even Lucio Fulci's Italian splatter film Un Gatto nel Cervello (1990). ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Marcello Mastroianni - Guido Anselmi
- Claudia Cardinale - Claudia
- Sandra Milo - Carla
- Rossella Falk - Rossella
- Barbara Steele - Gloria Morin
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Favorite Foreign FilmJune 14, 2010
Gave this film earlier to my nephew, to whom I think it seemed old-fashioned, but he remarked on the shifts between reality and dreams (one of the film's main points, in my opinion). Of course movie-making technology has changed a lot since 1963. But if you don't mind gorgeous black-and-white photography, this is unquestionably one of Fellini's best. Plot-wise, it's about a film director (played by Mastroianni) with some hits to his credit who is facing a sort of writer's block, feeling pressure, especially from intellectuals and critics. At the beginning he is experiencing sort of a breakdown. But the show, of course, must go on. So it is about the process of trying to create when having potentially debilitating self-doubt, coming to terms and sorting things out. Note: not many bonus features on this Essential Art House DVD, but the film stands beautifully on its own.
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Great CriterionJuly 8, 2013
This will always be the best film about filmmaking. It's influence can be felt even today.
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