Cadinho93’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Accept me as I am. Only then can we discover each other."
8½ is one of the most brilliant films ever made. It's a film exploring the themes of guilt, shame and cultural/religions impact on the psyche, the disconnect between male/female expectations and standards, against an interesting and beautiful backdrop. What I found most amazing about the piece is that it's beautiful, thought provoking and still humorous while dealing with serious themes. I love the acceptance of "reality" at the end.
The cast is superb: Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni), Claudia (Claudia Cardinale), Luisa Anselmi (Anouk Aimée), Carla (Sandra Milo), Rossella (Rossella Falk), Gloria Morin (Barbara Steele), Madeleine (Madeleine Lebeau) and La Saraghina (Eddra Gale).
The film is filled with real, remembered, invented images and even though there is no clear sign of what's what, you can just feel the difference. The story is surreal and full of Italian charm without being a cliché, made me wish I was part of the Italian 60's intelectual bourgeois. It's basically a dream we can all see with our eyes open. Its what it feels like being an artist, even in the chaotic stage art can be so beautiful. That's the genius of Federico Fellini and add a beautiful soundtrack by Nino Rota, makes "8½" a masterpiece of filmmaking.
Overall, 8½ has some funny moments, camerawork, acting, storytelling, music, choreography of actors, yes, choreography of actors movement, point of view of director, which makes everything on point and one of the greatest films ever made.