8 1/2

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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.

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8 1/2

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  1. After watching this movie I really wish I had those two hours back. People will say it went over my head, but I will beg to differ. I just didn’t enjoy the film. Sure it is an art film, and is one of the, if not the first, to explore freely flowing thoughts. But give me a break, how predictable can this thing be. Throw in Strange Religious imagery to show my strict Catholic upbringing. Add alittle dream girl (Claudio) to represent my dissatisfaction and struggles in my love life. Make Guido a director so the viewer knows it is a movie about me. I won’t ruin the ending, but you could just fast forward to it. Whola, 8 1/2. This movie just isn’t as good as everyone says it is.
    I really wish someone would have the courage to say this movie sucks! Everybody jump on the bandwagon, just because “critics” love it doesn’t mean you have to give it glowing reviews too. I understand, you have a reputation to keep up, what would the other people at the “art-house” say if you disagreed. And why wouldn’t you buy it, you need to own every film in the “Criterion Collection”! Come on, admit it, you also have The Rock, and Armageddon, and not because you like the films, you need to impress your friends. It is really kind of sad actually seeing all these sheep leading other sheep. 2 stars at best.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. Overrated nonsense. I love arty films, and there are plenty to choose from, but this one is nothing. A director doesn’t know what to do with his movie. Alright already. He’s boring the hell out of me. For a masterpiece of film, this emperor is in his underwear. This hodgepodge of nonsense just gets on my nerves and wears out my patience. It shouldn’t have been over two hours. It should have been 15 minutes.

    It took three sittings before I could get through it. By the end, as the DVD clock said it was 2:12 into it, I felt betrayed because it was only supposed to be 2:10. It lasted another few stupid minutes. The best moment in the film is when I knew it was finally over. God be praised. This idiocy is over.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. Every time I watch this movie- or try to watch it- I fall asleep in self-defense. Terrible, boring, not the great masterpiece everyone seems to claim.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. Without a doubt, the most pretentious, self-indulgent mess of a movie I’ve ever seen. The high praise showered on this film baffles me.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. It’s really quite amusing reading all of the fawning encomia to this pretentious piece of garbage. Because this film’s reputation is based on a top-down critical diktat rather than on inherent quality, most of these reviews either cite some sort of authority (Roger Ebert, the Academy Awards, some frou frou list of the greatest “films” of “cinema”) to justify their adulation, or they seem to be quoting accolades and analysis from some film-history textbook. The sheep can’t bleat their loyalty to received judgement fast enough. After two viewings, I have found nothing of value in 8 1/2. This movie consists of glamourous Italians going here and there talking about_nothing_, with occasional surrealistic hallucinations interspersed. This entire movie is a cheap trick, and that will be acknowledged in a more honest era. In the meantime, it is our duty, like the little child, to proclaim very loudly that the Emperor is naked! I give this movie negative 8 1/2 stars.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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