Detroit Film Theatre

8 ½

Saturday, April 03, 2010

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

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(Italy/1963—directed by Federico Fellini)

Guido (Marcello Mastroianni) is a renowned film director whose last movie was a major success. When he announces the start of his newest project, everyone wants to know what it’s going to be about, including the media, his cast, his crew, his producer, and, as it turns out, Guido himself. A groundbreaking classic of the modern cinema, Fellini’s 8 ½ is a rich and dazzling portrait of a man whose attempt at controlling of every element of his life – his work, his marriage, his mistresses, his public image, his vanishing youth – begins to unravel when his carefully compartmentalized worlds collide on the location of his expensive new movie. Perhaps the greatest film ever made about filmmaking, 8 ½  – which inspired the Broadway and movie musical Nine – seems as fresh today as it did upon release; this new 35mm print makes the experience of discovering – or rediscovering – this seminal masterwork all the more revelatory. In Italian with English subtitles. (138 min.)

“I have seen 8 ½ over and over again, and my appreciation only deepens. It does what is almost impossible.” -Roger Ebert, The Great Movies