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    Added on: 24/9/2002 00:48
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    8 1/2 (US)

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    One of the greatest films about film ever made
    Certificate: none
    Running Time: 138 mins
    Retail Price: $39.95
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    One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini`s 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) turns one man`s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastrioanni) is a director whose film -- and life -- is collapsing around him. An early working title for the film was La Bella Confusione (The Beautiful Confusion), and Fellini`s masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act.

    The Criterion Collection is proud to present the 1963 Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign-Language Film - one of the most written about, talked about and imitated movies of all time -- in a beautifully restored new all digital transfer. Disc Two features Fellini`s rarely seen first film for television Fellini: A Director`s Notebook (1969). Produced by Peter Goldfarb, this "imagined documentary" of Fellini on Fellini is a kaleidoscope of unfinished projects, all of which provide a fascinating and candid window into the director`s unique and creative process.

    Special Features:
    Disc One:
    Screen-specific audio essay featuring commentary by film critic and Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and NYU Professor of Film Antonio Monda
    Introduction by Terry Gilliam, director of Brazil and 12 Minutes
    22-page booklet featuring essays by Fellini, longtime Fellini collaborator and critic Tullio Kezich, and film professor and author Alexander Sesonske
    Theatrical Trailer

    Disc Two:
    Fellini: A Director`s Notebook, a 52-minute film by Federico Fellini
    Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert, a compelling 48-minute documentary about the maestro behind the music of Fellini`s films
    Interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmuller, whose career began on the set of 8 1/2, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who discusses the revolutionary art of Gianni di Venanzo
    Rare photographs from the collection of Gideon Bachmann
    Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production photos

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Mono Italian

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Federico Fellini

    Written By:

    Rossella Falk
    Sandra Milo
    Anouk Aimée
    Claudia Cardinale
    Marcello Mastroianni

    Soundtrack By:
    Franz Lehár
    Nino Rota
    Richard Wagner
    Gioacchino Rossini
    Léo Ferré
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Director of Photography:
    Gianni Di Venanzo

    Leo Cattozzo

    Costume Designer:
    Piero Gherardi

    Production Designer:
    Piero Gherardi

    Angelo Rizzoli


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    10 / 10
    Criterion rarely get things wrong and when they do, it`s mostly just little things they get wrong. This film as a masterpiece, perhaps the cleverest movies of all time, a beautiful and funny one too.

    All in Beautifull, spellbinding Black and White, avoid the Image entertainment disc on region 1 and pick up the criterion...
    posted by Richard73 on 1/12/2003 20:15