Thursday, August 02, 2012

8 1/2

I've had 8 1/2 (1963) for quite a while and am just now getting around to watching it. It's a comedy drama directed by Federico Fellini and stars Marcello Mastroianni. The Husband is unimpressed. The Younger Son and I got a kick out of it but won't be watching it again any time soon. I especially like the space ship.


It's on the newly released Sight and Sound greatest films list at #10. It's in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, which says "it is one of the most brilliant, imaginative, and funny movies of its time" and this: "The film represents a major step forward in cinema's march to modernity..." Slant Magazine gives it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars, calls it "one of the few personal statements in film utterly unhindered by stretches for social or cosmic relevance" and says it "works best as a self-deprecating comedy". Roger Ebert includes it on his list of great films and calls it "the best film ever made about filmmaking." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 97%.

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