Italy, 1963, 138 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Federico Fellini, Unrated but not suitable for children, Italian with English subtitles, Corinth Films/Janus Films
"...the most gorgeous and inventive thing [Fellini] ever did." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
In his second collaboration with Fellini, Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido, a filmmaker suffering from "director's block". Amid artistic and marital difficulties, he has lost interest in his new sci-fi film that includes veiled autobiographical references. He struggles to work half-heartedly with flashbacks and dreams intruding into his reality. Paul Mazursky (Alex in Wonderland), Bob Fosse (All That Jazz) and Woody Allen (Stardust Memories) have added personal footnotes to Fellini's opus. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and a constant presence on prestigious compilations of the greatest films of all time, a sampling of accolades suffice to guarantee its pedigree. "It's Fellini's last black-and-white picture," wrote Jonathan Rosenbaum, "and conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing he ever did." Echoed Stanley Kauffmann: "In terms of execution I cannot remember a more brilliant film." Village Voice's J. Hoberman weighed in: "The ensuing decades have brought forth a deluge of bogus masterpieces, and Fellini's, by comparison, holds up rather well." But Roger Ebert said it best: "8 1/2 is the best film ever made about filmmaking."
The memory of only a handful of filmmakers can be summoned by the mere mention of their first name. Such is the case with Italy's peerless giant, the great Federico Fellini. Fueled by his unbridled imagination, il maestro evoked the times of his life (La Dolce Vita), the mysteries of his craft (8 1/2) and the memory of his youth (Amarcord) in evergreen classics that will outlive us all. Using as springboard the Miami Premiere of Ettore Scola's loving portrait of his dear friend, How Strange To Be Named Federico, the Gables Cinema presents a weeklong celebration of the magic that is Fellini, including three of his most beloved gems in gleaming restorations.