This is a movie that is about as ambitious as they come.  After watching and enjoying Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories I decided to give this one a shot.  Like Allen’s film this movie is a film about film making.  Not unlike Adaptation, 8 1/2 blends the life of the director into the movie itself until it becomes a surreal experience.  This film went on to inspire numerous directors – you can see pieces of the film in movies like Pulp Fiction and Being John Malkovich.

And now some truth – I’ve tried to watch this movie twice and I’ve fallen asleep in the middle both times.  I RARELY fall asleep during movies.  I can appreciate the endeavor but the pacing got the better of me.

IHATEBadMovies.com reviews 8½
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Movie description: Guido Anselmi, a film director, finds himself creatively barren at the peak of his career. Urged by his doctors to rest, Anselmi heads for a luxurious resort, but a sorry group gathers—his producer, staff, actors, wife, mistress, and relatives—each one begging him to get on with the show. In retreat from their dependency, he fantasizes about past women and dreams of his childhood.

Date published: 2019-07-18

Director(s): Federico Fellini

Actor(s): Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, Rossella Falk, Barbara Steele, Madeleine Lebeau, Caterina Boratto, Eddra Gale, Guido Alberti, Mario Conocchia, Bruno Agostini, Cesarino Miceli Picardi, Jean Rougeul, Mario Pisu, Yvonne Casadei, Ian Dallas, Mino Doro, Nadia Sanders, Georgia Simmons, Edy Vessel, Tito Masini, Annie Gorassini, Rossella Como, Mark Herron, Marisa Colomber, Neil Robinson, Elisabetta Catalano, Eugene Walter, Hazel Rogers, Gilda Dahlberg, Mario Tarchetti, Mary Indovino, Frazier Rippy, Francesco Rigamonti, Giulio Paradisi, Marco Gemini, Giuditta Rissone, Annibale Ninchi, Dina De Santis, Eva Gioia, Maria Tedeschi, Antonio Acqua, Giulio Calì, Franco Caracciolo, Olimpia Cavalli, Sonia Gessner

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

My Review

This is a movie that is about as ambitious as they come.  After watching and enjoying Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories I decided to give this one a shot.  Like Allen’s film this movie is a film about film making.  Not unlike Adaptation, 8 1/2 blends the life of the director into the movie itself until it becomes a surreal experience.  This film went on to inspire numerous directors – you can see pieces of the film in movies like Pulp Fiction and Being John Malkovich.

And now some truth – I’ve tried to watch this movie twice and I’ve fallen asleep in the middle both times.  I RARELY fall asleep during movies.  I can appreciate the endeavor but the pacing got the better of me.

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