8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) (Federico Fellini, Italy, 1963)

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Re: 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) (Federico Fellini, Italy, 1963)

Postby collectedsoul » Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:59 am

I saw this film a couple of weeks back...and it was one of the most frustrating movie-watching experiences for me...I enjoyed the scenes for what they were but I couldnt help but feel that there were allusions being made to personal matters which I had no clue about. I felt it was a highly autobiographical film and not knowing much about Fellini I couldn't make anything of the film as a whole. Am I wrong? Isn't it autobiographical? If it's not then I'm thoroughly confused about the lack of narrative sense...

Re: 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) (Federico Fellini, Italy, 1963)

Postby wpqx » Tue Aug 01, 2006 7:48 am

Yes it is very autobiographical as was his Amarcord. Personally though I didn't find it a problem even though when I first saw the film I knew little about Fellini, and still don't really. For me the film is more about presentation. Its the way its told, not what its telling, but its a rather unique mix of fantasy and reality that many less competent directors have tried their hands at much less successfully. I still love the irony of a film about a director having no ideas for his next movie can be so overwhelimingly rich with thoughts and ideas itself. Granted this is coming from someone who thinks higher of 8 1/2 than any other foreign film.


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