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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. 

 "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)

Best Foreign Film and Best Costume Design (Black-and-White) at the 1964 Academy Awards
1963Rating: PG138 minsItaly, FranceFrench, German and Italian with English subtitles
DramaFantasyClassic
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Variety

Variety

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Here is the author-director picture par excellence, an exciting, stimulating, monumental creation.

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Time Out

Time Out

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Fellini pulls a multitude of rabbits out of the showman's hat.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A movie endowed with the challenge of a fascinating intellectual game.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Probably the most potent movie about film-making, within which fantasy and reality are mixed without obfuscation.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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The best film ever made about filmmaking.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A sprawling anything-goes portrait of the artist and the creative process in crisis.

4.0
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BBC

BBC

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The effect is sometimes confusing - but always beautiful.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Here is the author-director picture par excellence, an exciting, stimulating, monumental creation.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Fellini pulls a multitude of rabbits out of the showman's hat.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A movie endowed with the challenge of a fascinating intellectual game.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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Probably the most potent movie about film-making, within which fantasy and reality are mixed without obfuscation.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The best film ever made about filmmaking.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A sprawling anything-goes portrait of the artist and the creative process in crisis.

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

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The effect is sometimes confusing - but always beautiful.

4.0
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