Wayne’s review published on Letterboxd:
“I wanted to make an honest film. No lies whatsoever. I thought I had something so simple to say. Something useful to everybody. A film that could help bury forever all those dead things we carry within ourselves. Instead, I’m the one without the courage to bury anything at all.”
“Yours is a great responsibility. You can either educate or corrupt millions of souls”
“Now everything’s all confused again like it was before. But this confusion is me as I am, not as I’d like to be. I’m no longer afraid of telling the truth about what I don’t know, what I’m looking for, what I haven’t found. Only this way do I feel alive.”
Federico Fellini’s 8½ simply is one of the most monumental films ever put to cinema. My introduction to Fellini’s work was that I heard he was one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. So I headed into 8½ with really high expectations, and goddamn he really is without a doubt one of the most influential filmmakers ever. David Lynch, Charlie Kaufman, Martin Scorsese, and a lot more filmmakers are where we can see Fellini’s influence in filmmaking techniques.
About Fellini’s film 8½ though, it really did blow my mind. The film just had so much finesse on how it was crafted, the writing was just out of this world, the visuals and the black and white cinematography were exquisite and the story in general man, so intriguing. 8½ Is THE definitive film about filmmaking, it has such a unique screenplay that explores a certain character study with our main character and how we audiences can feel what he is going through. What I loved most about the story was the versatility of the film and how it can shift to a different timeline and still keep the pace that it had. I just really adore how Fellini can craft a film with part of the story having a different timeline running in parallel.
Overall my thoughts on this film are nothing but positive thoughts. I was just in awe after seeing this film and Fellini as a filmmaker is just a great example for people who have an interest in cinema to look up to. I really believe that every aspiring filmmaker should see this film and just see how great of a film this is and how influential of a filmmaker Fellini is. I mean the film is about making a film in general so what's not to love?