Synopsis in one sentence:
It’s about a famous Italian film director, who is suffering from “director’s block”.
What I think?
And here I thought that 2001: A Space Odyssey was weird. 8½ is a 1963 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini about Guido Anselmi, a famous Italian film director, is suffering from “director’s block”. Stalled on his new science fiction film that includes veiled autobiographical references, he has lost interest amid artistic and marital difficulties. As Guido struggles half-heartedly to work on the film, a series of flashbacks and dreams delve into his memories and fantasies; they are frequently interwoven with reality. At least that’s what Wikipedia wrote.
I’m sorry but I don’t understand 90% of the movie. I mean, yes he was a director and he had flash backs. The thing is, I don’t know which are the flash backs most of the times. Or maybe, I just don’t get 1960s Italian film industry humor? This was supposed to be a comedy-drama movie. I see a tiny bit drama and comedy, but a whole lot of weirdness. It’s also in Italian and I’m not sure if the translations are correct. Sorry, but its just not my cup of tea, really. I am really confused with this film, but i love the cinematography of black and white films and I had some sort of understanding on 1960s Italian films.