Eri’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is one of those films that, once you're done watching it, you can't really put into words what you've just seen. It's everything filmmaking is entirely about, all wrapped into one: financial obstacles; creative blocks; emotional struggle; creating and destroying; telling a story; letting go of pieces you know won't benefit anything; holding on to what you have left; and leaving behind a message, a work that resonates throughout time. In essence, it is simply art. It's reality and fantasy blended so seamlessly, you can never tell which scene is which. It's films like this that are the perfect example of why art is so vital to life: it allows us to express thoughts, ideas, feelings, actions, we otherwise would not be able to. It's a release in times of crises that can not only help you escape from whatever you're dealing with, it can help you move forward and build upon the experiences. Its importance can never be overstated, for all we have in life is our minds, our dreams, our souls, our hearts, and the outlets we have that allow us to tell our stories. And Fellini could not have displayed or executed that notion more brilliantly or personally. 8½ is the greatest film about the medium that any artist has ever birthed, and it exudes the truly enormous beauty of cinema and why it is essential to humankind. To call it a masterpiece wouldn't do it enough justice.
"Destroying is better than creating when we're not creating those few, truly necessary things."