8 1/2 - Criterion Collection
Criterion/Voyager (6/25/1963)
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IMDB   8.1
138 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   NR (Not Rated)
Marcello Mastroianni Guido Anselmi
Anouk Aimée Luisa Anselmi (as Anouk Aimee)
Claudia Cardinale Claudia
Sandra Milo Carla
Rossella Falk Rossella
Barbara Steele Gloria Morin
Madeleine LeBeau Madeleine, l'attrice francese (as Madeleine Lebeau)
Caterina Boratto La signora misteriosa
Eddra Gale La Saraghina (as Edra Gale)
Guido Alberti Pace, il produttore
Mario Conocchia Conocchia, il direttore di produzione
Bruno Agostini Il segretario di produzione
Cesarino Miceli Picardi Cesarino, l'ispettore di produzione
Jean Rougeul Carini, il critico cinematografico
Mario Pisu Mario Mezzabotta
Yvonne Casadei Jacqueline Bonbon
Ian Dallas Il partner della telepata
Mino Doro L'agente di Claudia
Nadine Sanders Nadine, la hostess
Georgia Simmons La nonna di Guido [Guido's Grandmother]
Anouk Aimee Luisa Anselmi
Nadia Sanders Nadine, la Hostess
Rosella Falk
Eddra Gale La Saraghina
Madeleine LeBeau French Actress
Federico Fellini
Producer Angelo Rizzoli
Rocco Rizzoli
Writer Federico Fellini
Ennio Flaiano
Tullio Pinelli
Brunello Rondi
Cinematography Gianni Di Venanzo
Musician Nino Rota
Gioacchino Rossini
Richard Wagner
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Franz Lehár
Léo Ferré

Federico Fellini's 1963 semi-autobiographical story about a worshipped filmmaker who has lost his inspiration is still a mesmerizing mystery tour that has been quoted (Woody Allen's Stardust Memories, Paul Mazursky's Alex in Wonderland) but never duplicated.

Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido, a director trying to relax a bit in the wake of his latest hit. Besieged by people eager to work with him, however, he also struggles to find his next idea for a film. The combined pressures draw him within himself, where his recollections of significant events in his life and the many lovers he has left behind begin to haunt him.

The marriage of Fellini's hyperreal imagery, dreamy sidebars, and the gravity of Guido's increasing guilt and self-awareness make this as much a deeply moving, soulful film as it is an electrifying spectacle.

Mastroianni is wonderful in the lead, his woozy sensitivity to Guido's freefall both touching and charming--all the more so as the character becomes increasingly divorced from the celebrity hype that ultimately outpaces him. --Tom Keogh
Edition Details
Edition Criterion Collection
Distributor Criterion
Chapters 28
Release Date 12/4/2001
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen (16:9)
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Mono [English]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 01 Black & White Widescreen