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8 1/2 (2d Criterion)

Director(s): Federico Fellini

Theatrical Release: 1963

Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo, Rossella Falk, Mario Pisu

Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, classic, cinema, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: Italy, France

Location in store: Italian Directors > Federico Fellini

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Ant Rating
Running Time: 135m.

Fresh off of the international success of La Dolce Vita, master director Federico Fellini moved into the realm of self-reflexive autobiography with what is widely believed to be his finest and most personal work. Marcello Mastroianni delivers a brilliant performance as Fellini's alter ego Guido Anselmi, a film director overwhelmed by the large-scale production he has undertaken. He finds himself harangued by producers, his wife, and his mistress while he struggles to find the inspiration to finish his film. The stress plunges Guido into an interior world where fantasy and memory impinge on reality. Fellini jumbles narrative logic by freely cutting from flashbacks to dream sequences to the present until it becomes impossible to pry them apart, creating both a psychological portrait of Guido's interior world and the surrealistic, circus-like exterior world that came to be known as "Felliniesque." 8 1/2 won an Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, as well as the grand prize at the Moscow Film Festival, and was one of the most influential and commercially successful European art movies of the 1960s, inspiring such later films as Bob Fosse's All That Jazz (1979), Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980), and even Lucio Fulci's Italian splatter film Un Gatto nel Cervello (1990). - Jonathan Crow (


Criterion Collection 2-DVD Set #140 Special Features:


+ New digital transfer of restored film elements, enhanced for 16x9 televisions, with digital image restoration

+ Screen-specific audio essay featuring commentary by film critic and Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and NYU Professor of Film Antonio Monda

+ Introduction by Terry Gilliam, director of Brazil and 12 Monkeys

+ 22 page booklet featuring essays by Fellini, longtime Fellini collaborator and critic Tullio Kezich, and film professor and author Alexander Sesonske

+ Theatrical trailer

+ New and improved English subtitles

+ Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition


+ Fellini: A Director’s Notebook, a 52-minute film by Federico Fellini

+ Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert, a compelling 48-minute documentary about the maestro behind the music of Fellini's films

+ Interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmüller, whose career began on the set of 8 1/2, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who discusses the revolutionary art of Gianni di Venanzo

+ Rare photographs from the collection of Gideon Bachmann

+ Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production photos

+ Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition