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Federico Fellini's 8 ½

Federico Fellini's 8 ½

A Feature film by Federico Fellini

Release in France : 29/05/1963

    Synopsis

    Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) is at a crisis point in his life and his work; in the opening sequence, Guido, suffocating, is caught in traffic with the windows of his car locked shut. He climbs out of the sunroof and literally rises up over the highway into the clouds, seemingly free, when he realizes there's a rope tied around his ankle that is violently pulling him back to earth. Cutting from this dream to the health spa where Guido is trying to recapture his creativity and write the screenplay for his next film, his vices become clear: Guido is self-absorbed, and he's distracted by the fabulous cast of actresses, intellectuals, and eccentrics who have joined him at the spa. Additionally he struggles with Freudian complexes about his wife (Anouk Aime), his lover (Sandro Milo), his ideal woman (Claudia Cardinale), and his dead parents; and his repressive Catholic guilt follows him everywhere like a haunting mist.

    Actors (19)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    Francinex

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Istituto Luce

    Foreign production company :

    Cineriz

    French distribution :

    Columbia France

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    Full credits (6)

    Screenwriters :

    Ennio Flaiano, Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi

    Director of Photography :

    Gianni Di Venanzo

    Music Composer :

    Nino Rota

    Foreign Producer :

    Angelo Rizzoli

    Production Designer :

    Piero Gherardi

    Costume designer :

    Piero Gherardi

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    Italian

    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, France

    Original French-language productions :

    No

    Nationality :

    100% French (Italy, France)

    Production year :

    1962

    French release :

    29/05/1963

    Runtime :

    2 h 15 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    26572

    Visa issue date :

    22/05/1963

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Posters (7)

    Director

    Festival Selections (2)

    Academy Awards - 1964

    Academy Awards (United States, 1964)

    Selection (5)

    Oscar Nomination in the Best Costumes in a Black & White Film category : Piero Gherardi

    Oscar Nomination in the Best Art Direction in a Black & White Film category : Piero Gherardi

    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

    Nomination for Best Original Screenplay : Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi

    Academy Award nomination for Best Director : Federico Fellini

    Awards

    Academy Awards - 1964

    Academy Awards (United States, 1964)

    Awards (2)

    Oscar for Best Costume Design in a Black & White Film

    Best Foreign Film