8½

(1963)

Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini's avant-garde classic, winner of Best Foreign Feature at the 1964 Academy Awards, following a film director (Marcello Mastroianni) both about to make his next picture and on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Using film as a means to explore his own fantastical memories, is often revered as Fellini's finest work. ... More

 "We join him at a health farm where mud baths, holy water, and bathing in springs have been recommended for his possible salvation. Along for the ride is the mistress who he's already bored with, and a whole array of memories that play before us in a slideshow interrupted by visitors desperate for guidance on his forthcoming film. This is a film about film-making and a stricken soul trying to find solutions in a visceral form." (BBC)Hide

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    The effect is sometimes confusing - but always beautiful. Full Review