Federico Fellini, Italy/France 1963 | 138 minutes
One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s 8½ turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema.
Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. Arguably the film that most accurately captures the agonies of creativity and the circus that surrounds filmmaking. Equal parts narcissistic, self-deprecating, bitter, nostalgic, warm, critical and funny.
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. Dreams, nightmares, reality and memories coexist within the same time-frame; the viewer sees Guido’s world not as it is, but more ‘realistically’ as he experiences it, inserting the film in a lineage that stretches from the Surrealists to David Lynch
Where: Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Rd, London SE14
When: 7.30pm Wednesday 24 April 2013
Tickets: £5 (£3 members) on the door
- “Amiably spiking all criticism through a gloomy scriptwriter mouthpiece, Fellini pulls a multitude of rabbits out of the showman’s hat.” TIME OUT
- “Conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing Fellini ever did.” CHICAGO READER
- Sight & Sound’s number 10 of the top 50 greatest movies ever