Movie 8 1/2

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Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 21, 2016
AFL Club
Other Teams
Oldham, West Ham, Real Betis
Director: Federico Fellini. 1963.

A semi-autobiographical piece about a film director struggling to make his next movie. He's incapable of coming up with ideas whilst also being hassled by people who he has previously worked with. It has a surreal feel as it drifts between his reality, which is bizarre in itself, and his dreams and fantasies. The non-linear timeline explores the relationships with the women in his life. His lover arrives, then later his wife, there's a young actress he fantasises about, then the women from his childhood.

This movie is a masterpiece. It is exquisitely shot in black and white. There is scene after scene of true cinema magic. It is art without ever feeling like it's trying too hard. I can't think of a movie that better depicts what it's like to be in a dream.

For me it's cinema perfection. 10/10.

Though maybe not for everyone. You might enjoy if you liked Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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