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November 28, 2005

8 1/2 - 6

This film is odd because it is a film about making a film. Terry Gilliam in the DVD introduction talks about how it is Fellini's take on what it is like to be a film director. If this is true than this quote sums up what might be the thesis of the film, "Guido: I thought my ideas were so clear. I wanted to make an honest film. No lies whatsoever. I thought I had something so simple to say. Something useful to everybody. A film that could help bury forever all those dead things we carry within ourselves. Instead, I'm the one without the courage to bury anything at all. When did I go wrong? I really have nothing to say, but I want to say it all the same." The film is about the confusion between reality and imagination that collide in the directors head, which makes him want to do contradictory things, both help everyone get along and kill himself. The film really should have gone with its original title "The Beautiful Confusion." It takes some time to get into the film and may take a few viewings to catch all of the things that Fellini is saying. A must see for those really interested in film, not recommended for those that hate subtitles and complicated storytelling.

6 comments:

lucas said...

a 6??? wow. you could have at least given it an 8.5 just to be clever.

Evan said...

I love this movie. Of all Fellini's films it is probably the hardest one to watch first.

You should check out 'I Vitteloni,' 'La Strada' and 'La Dolce Vita' and then watch '8 1/2' again.

Those are my 4 favorite Fellini films. Anything outside of those is too esoteric or grotesque to be worth the effort.

~greg said...

lucas, that would be funny, but I rank the films out of 7. The reason I didn't give it a 7 is that I don't think the film is accessible to more general audience, which really isn't Fellini's fault. Plus, I'm ok not being a film snob that has to like any film with subtitles :-)

Evan, thanks for the recommendations, I'll add them to my Netflix queue.

lucas said...

that makes sense. i thought i was out of 10 for some reason. 6 out of 7 is much better than 6 out of 10.

yeah, it's probably not all that accessible to people with an irrational fear of subtitles and odd italian things.

Jason said...

I love this movie.

Pauli said...

Nights of Cabiria is a great study in pathos. I don't know enough about film history, but I'm sure it might have inspired the whole "hooker-who-falls-in-love" genre. There is a great scene where a cripple who's kind of a jerk really thinks he's been healed. Then he stumbles and falls in the church. You laugh and feel horrible for him at the same time.