Federico Fellini Centenary (+1) Series
8 ½ (Otto e mezzo)
Directed by Federico Fellini
$12 / $8 Speed members
“It remains dazzling and original, as ambitious unfettered an exercise in navel-gazing as the movies have ever offered.”—Dennis Harvey, 48 Hills
One of the greatest works of international cinema ever made is a love letter to the process of making film. Director Federico Fellini turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema.
Film director Guido (Marcello Mastroianni in one of his most iconic roles) tries to grab a moment of peace after his last film was a smash hit. He is inundated by cast and crew from his past projects pestering him to be a part of his next film, but he doesn’t know what that picture will be. While looking for inspiration, he delves into his past loves and events that shaped him.
Fellini’s masterpiece is a shimmering dream combining the theatricality of a circus and a magic act. Winner of two Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Foreign Language Film. 1963, Italy, DCP, in Italian, English, French, and German with English subtitles, 138 minutes. Recommended for 16+.