Vincent Winther’s review published on Letterboxd:
8½ is one of the greatest, if not the greatest film about filmmaking. The character Guido (Fellini’s alter ego) and the editing, perfectly encapsulates the struggles that come along with being an artist. Marcello Mastroianni fits the role of the confused and creatively bankrupt director Guido so well.
Dreams in film show us the subconscious of the characters. 8½ flows effortlessly between “reality” and dreams. Fellini also does an outstanding job of giving the viewer a way of seeing the world through Guido’s lens.
“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls” — Ingmar Bergman
Every shot in 8½ has a purpose, every shot is distinct and beautiful. Words cannot come close to describe the mastery of its structure and composition.
The brilliance of 8½ shines through even 60 years after its release and continues to inspire filmmakers and artists alike until this day.
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