8 ½ (Otto E Mezzo)


(out of 5)

Following the huge success of La Dolce Vita, Fellini finds himself pressed to make another film but unable to find the inspiration. Instead, he makes a film about a director ( as the maestro’s alter ego) who has just made a hugely successful film and can’t find the inspiration to make another. The film he’s trying to make ends up being the film you’re watching, and through a series of personal confrontations, deliciously weird dream sequences and life-affirming revelations, we all go on the artistic journey. Beautifully costumed by Piero Gherardi, who deservedly won his second Oscar for his work, the film is dazzling to all senses and full of many juicy moments for audiences to enjoy. It moves at a deliriously elegant pace and features excellent performances from the entire cast, especially  as Mastroianni’s emotionally fatigued wife and as his bubbly mistress. The biggest star has to be Fellini, of course, because for the entire two and a half hours you never forget that his artistic genius is behind the camera.


Italy/France, 1963

Directed by

Story by Federico Fellini, , Screenplay by Ennio Flaiano, , Federico Fellini,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by Piero Gherardi

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

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Academy Awards
Best Costume Design (Black-And-White) (Piero Gherardi)
Best Foreign Language Film (Italy)

Best Art Direction (Black-And-White) (art direction: Piero Gherardi)
Best Directing (Federico Fellini)
Best Writing (Story and Screenplay–written directly for the screen) (Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Foreign Language Film

National Board Of Review Award
Best Foreign Language Film

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Federico Fellini)

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Film From Any Source

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