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Eight And A Half / 8 1/2 / Otto E Mezzo

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
9.11 /10
Marcello Mastroianni , Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee
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Directed by: Federico Fellini
Written by: Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, Brunello Rondi , based on a story by Federico Fellino and Ennio Flaiano

Released: 1963
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Italy
Colour: BW
Length: 138

A womanising film-maker (Marcello Mastroianni, pictured) suffers a creative block.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A self-obsessed art-house movie or a brilliant, autobiographical study of a creative talent in crisis? A bit of both, really; Fellini's quasi-autobiographical movie takes self-flagellation to the point of self-abuse. Many other auteurs have tried to repeat the formula (Woody Allen in Stardust Memories, Bob Fosse in All That Jazz, and Paul Mazursky in Alex in Wonderland) for much the same reason that cabaret singers are drawn to singing My Way. Fellini's film remains the best of the bunch, not least because he retains a sense of humour about his self-absorption and has himself played by Marcello Mastroianni, an actor of enormous, self-mocking charm.

Although the look of the piece has dated and the pace is over-indulgent, there is plenty to admire in Fellini's virtuoso use of fantasy sequences, his unromantic attitude towards film-making, and his honesty about his own sexual selfishness.

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