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8 ½ starts with one of the best dream sequences in film and never lets up in its grand scale and ambition of imagery, all while eating its own tail. Voted #10 in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll of best movies of all time.
"Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. 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. An early working title for 8½ was The Beautiful Confusion, and Fellini’s masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act." -The Criterion Collection
- High-definition digital transfer of restored film elements
- Introduction by filmmaker Terry Gilliam
- Audio commentary featuring film critic and Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and NYU film professor Antonio Monda
- High-definition digital transfer of a new restoration of Fellini: A Director’s Notebook, a 52-minute film by Federico Fellini
Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert, a compelling 48-minute documentary about Fellini’s longtime composer
- Interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmüller, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
- Rare photographs from Bachmann’s collection
- Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production photos
- U.S. theatrical trailer
- New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring writings by Fellini and essays by critics Tullio Kezich and Alexander Sesonske
DVD, 2 discs, 1963, 138 minutes, 1.85:1 aspect ratio, in Italian with English subtitles, region 1 (North America)
Makes a great gift with the Little Otsu Film Diary!