Friday, July 20, 2012
8 1/2 (1963)
The plot follows a director named Guido, who is getting ready to shoot his next film. Everyone is counting on him and smothering him for a little bit of information about the film. The actors, producers and camera men are all kept in the dark. The reason being... There is no film. So basically Fellini decided to make a movie about nothing. The director is surrounded by so called friends, business partners and the women he loves and betrays but he couldn't feel more confused. A large amount of the film is told through flash backs of his childhood oppressors and especially the women in his life. Still nothing makes it down on paper for the film.
Mario Bava's Black Sunday shows up as one of the many women in Guido's life. Barbara Steele always adds a few points to any film even if she is old and beaten and wheelchair bound in Caged Heat. Well she is young and lively in this one and as usual is nice to look at. Steele is just one of the many beautiful women in this movie. In one of the better scenes Guido goes into a fantasy day dream where he is surrounded by all the women he has known. They serve him and cater to his every need. I found this scene exceptionally humorous because it truly is every mans dream come true and Fellini is the only director I have ever known to capture this.