8½

Yearned phantasmagoria expresses luxury, but most importantly an indolence Guido's external life continuously enforces. Fantasy blurs the truth needed to achieve artistic vision and a man's life is put on display: his vulnerabilities and intricacies - who has shaped him and who has inspired him, where he's come from and wishes to go. 8 1/2 is an alluring personal reflection of Fellini - internal conflict projected onto the instability of Guido's illusion. Its imagery iconic, and sequences immortal, a director's ode to the imagination's plight, its obscurity of truth and inevitable imitation of reality, is a vision that defines an artistic expression.

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