8½ 8½

Federico Fellini

 
8½ (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Italy, France
  • 1963
  • 138 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • English, French, German, Italian
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  • Spine #140

Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s (Otto e mezzo) turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. An early working title for was The Beautiful Confusion, and Fellini’s masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act.

Cast

Guido AnselmiMarcello Mastroianni
Bruno AgostiniBruno Agostini
CarlaSandra Milo
Luisa AnselmiAnouk Aimée
Gloria MorinBarbara Steele
The Beautiful WomanCaterina Boratto
ClaudiaClaudia Cardinale

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • High-definition digital transfer of restored film elements, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on Blu-ray edition
  • Introduction by filmmaker Terry Gilliam
  • Audio commentary featuring film critic and Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and NYU film professor Antonio Monda
  • High-definition digital transfer of a new restoration of Fellini: A Director’s Notebook, a 52-minute film by Federico Fellini
  • The Last Sequence, a new 52-minute documentary on Fellini’s lost alternate ending for (Blu-ray only)
  • Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert, a compelling 48-minute documentary about Fellini’s longtime composer
  • Interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmüller, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
  • Rare photographs from Bachmann’s collection
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production photos
  • U.S. theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring writings by Fellini and essays by critics Tullio Kezich and Alexander Sesonske

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

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8 1/2: A Film with Itself as Its Subject

By Alexander Sesonske January 12, 2010

8 1/2 was the most influential film of the 1960s, liberating filmmakers everywhere from the conventions of time, place, and mode of experience that had prevailed in cinema for decades. Read more »


Film Essays

8 1/2: When “He” Became “I”

By Tullio Kezich January 11, 2006

The typical midlife crisis, to which we all fall victim in some major or minor degree, came to Fellini with a slight delay. On the twentieth of January, 1960, the day of his fortieth birthday, . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries


Photo Galleries


Photo Galleries

On the Set of

February 14, 2013


Clippings


Photo Galleries

The Oldest Profession

January 31, 2012


Dispatches

A Film Festival Lights Up

By Michael Koresky September 17, 2010

This has been a luminous year for the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival, now in its thirty-fifth edition—and not only because of the high quality of the films. When the ten-day . . . Read more »


News

Ciao, Caterina

September 16, 2010

You may not know the name, but you know the face. Caterina Boratto, known for her indelible performances in such Italian cinema classics as8, Juliet of the Spirits, and Salò, or the 120 Days of . . . Read more »


News

BFI Scores with Nino Rota Retro

September 01, 2010

Starting today at London’s BFI Southbank, the legendary Italian composer Nino Rota will be honored with a monthlong retrospective of films that feature his magisterial music. Rota is probably . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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8 1/2: A Film with Itself as Its Subject

By Alexander Sesonske January 12, 2010

8 1/2 was the most influential film of the 1960s, liberating filmmakers everywhere from the conventions of time, place, and mode of experience that had prevailed in cinema for decades. Read more »


News

Tutto Fellini!

October 22, 2009

Starting today, Paris is catching Fellini fever. The Cinémathèque française, the Jeu de Paume museum, and the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris are joining forces to pay an extended tribute to . . . Read more »


Clippings

The Origins of Bond, James Bond

November 02, 2008

It’s all things Quantum of Solace these days, with the latest in the Bond franchise opening next week. And Newsweek took the opportunity to ask Swiss director Marc Forster what his film . . . Read more »


Film Essays

8 1/2: When “He” Became “I”

By Tullio Kezich January 11, 2006

The typical midlife crisis, to which we all fall victim in some major or minor degree, came to Fellini with a slight delay. On the twentieth of January, 1960, the day of his fortieth birthday, . . . Read more »

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Other Editions

8½ (Criterion DVD)

DVD

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