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18,117 Ratings

Directed by Federico Fellini
Italy, France, 1963
Drama, Fantasy, Comedy


Struggling to find inspiration for his next project, acclaimed director Guido Anselmi wrestles with his dreams, memories and desires in his search for creativity. Blending visions with reality, his artistic crisis leads him down many a strange and twisted paths, as his life unravels around him.

Directed by Federico Fellini

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1964 | 2 wins including: Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

1964 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

In many ways, 8½ defined what modern cinema is. I feel its influence all over the place. It’s expressionistic, and it’s also a film that describes the feelings of confusion that we are all dealing with living in the modern world. All the signs and symbols are messed up, and everything is subjective. It’s like some aspect of cinema reached a limit in this film, and I don’t know how it can be surpassed.
June 01, 2018
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It deserves to be seen by anyone interested in the evolution of the cinema as a personal director’s statement of his own limitations and frustrations in dealing with the inevitable chaos of filmmaking.
April 19, 1999
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It’s Fellini’s last black-and-white picture, and conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing he’s ever made.
May 07, 1993
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