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8 1/2

Spine #140

Dec 4, 2001

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

8 1/2

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Directed By: Federico Fellini
Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, Rossella Falk, Barbara Steele, Jean Rougeul, Edra Gale
Licensor: Image Entertainment

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One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini's 8½ (Otto e Mezzo) turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) is a director whose film-and life-is collapsing around him. An early working title for the film was La Bella Confusione (The Beautiful Confusion), and Fellini's masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the 1963 Academy Award&tm; winner for Best Foreign-Language Film-one of the most written about, talked about, and imitated movies of all time-in a beautifully restored new digital transfer. Disc two features Fellini's rarely seen first film for television, Fellini: A Director's Notebook (1969). Produced by Peter Goldfarb, this imagined documentary of Fellini is a kaleidoscope of unfinished projects, all of which provide a fascinating and candid window into the director's unique and creative process.

  • Screen-specific audio essay featuring commentary by film critic and Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and NYU Professor of Film Antonio Monda
  • Introduction by Terry Gilliam, director of Brazil and 12 Monkeys
  • Fellini: A Director's Notebook, a 52-minute film by Federico Fellini
  • Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert, a compelling 48-minute documentary about the maestro behind the music of Fellini's films
  • Interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmüller, whose career began on the set of 8 1/2, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who discusses the revolutionary art of Gianni di Venanzo
  • Rare photographs from the collection of Gideon Bachmann
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production photos
  • Theatrical trailer
  • 22 page booklet featuring essays by Fellini, longtime Fellini collaborator and critic Tullio Kezich, and film professor and author Alexander Sesonske


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