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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


    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 (20)

    Production and distribution (4)

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    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Istituto Luce - Cinecittà

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    French distribution :

    Columbia France

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    International releases (8)

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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

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, France

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    Minority French (Italy, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 15 min

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    Black & White

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    Posters (7)


    Festival Selections (6)

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 2020

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 2020)


    100 Years of Fellini

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - 2020

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taiwan, 2020)


    Fellini 100: Reprise

    Shanghai - International Film Festival - 2020

    Shanghai - International Film Festival (China, 2020)


    Tribute to Masters : Federico Fellini

    Academy Awards - 1964

    Academy Awards (United States, 1964)

    Selection (5)

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

    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

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

    Academy Award nomination for Best Director : Federico Fellini

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


    Academy Awards - 1964

    Academy Awards (United States, 1964)

    Awards (2)

    Best Foreign Film

    Oscar for Best Costume Design in a Black & White Film