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Paul Jensen

81/2 (1963) 5 stars

The greatest film about film making. Fellini's classic is a self-referential and layered masterpiece. Surreal, touching, funny and profound. It's ironic that a film about artistic bankruptcy is one of the freshest pictures around. The imagery seems beyond capturing. How did Fellini do it? The cross-cutting between past, present, dream and fantasy became hugely influential. The cast of characters are memorable, original and insane. It's an unforgettable film experience. Where Guido fails in making his movie, Fellini succeeds by making a movie about exactly this inner conflict. Truly a perfect work of art.

 

Genre: Drama
Director: Federico Fellini