Federico Fellini’s “8½”

In conjunction with the exhibition “Fellini’s Book of Dreams” the Academy presents a special screening of “8½”

Hosted by Robert Rosen, dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

Often described as one of the most personal and self-analytical films ever made, Fellini’s masterpiece “8½” is a powerful meditation on the relationship between dreaming and the process of filming.  Marcello Mastroianni is cast as Guido Anselmi, a celebrated director struggling to find inspiration for his new movie.  Needing to escape his wife, his mistress, and industry peers, Anselmi retreats into the world of the subconscious, discovering personal recollections, dreams and fantasies.  In Fellini’s own words, the film is the story of “a film director who is trying to put together the pieces of his life…and to make sense of them, to understand what they mean.”

“8½” won Oscars® for Best Foreign Language Film and Costume Design, and was also nominated for Directing, Writing and Art Direction.  The central conflicts of the film reflect Fellini’s own tensions – religion vs. sexuality, intellect vs. sensuality and dreams vs. reality.  Like Anselmi, Fellini dedicated himself to the exploration of his own dreams in order to become more self-aware.

Cast Marcello Mastroianni (Guido Anselmi), Claudia Cardinale (Claudia), Anouk Aimée (Luisa Anselmi), Sandra Milo (Carla), Rossella Falk (Rossella), Barbara Steele (Gloria Morin), Guido Alberti (Pace, the producer), Madeleine Lebeau (The actress), Jean Rougeul (Fabrizio Carini, the writer), Caterina Boratto (Fashionable woman), Annibale Ninchi (Guido's father), Giuditta Rissone (Guido's mother), Edra Gale (La Saraghina), Mario Conocchia (Conocchia), Mario Pisu (Mezzabotta), Ian Dallas (Maurice), Yvonne Casadei (Kiki), Annie Gorassini (Pace's girlfriend), Tito Masini (The cardinal), Eugene Walter (American journalist), Gilda Dahlberg (Journalist’s wife), Hedy Vessel (Edith), Nadine Sanders (Airline hostess), Georgia Simmons (Guido's grandmother), Hazel Rogers (Negro dancer), Riccardo Guglielmi (Guido as a farm boy), Marco Gemini (Guido as a schoolboy). 

Directed by Federico Fellini.  Produced by Angelo Rizzoli.  Screenplay Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, Brunello Rondi.  Story  Fellini, Flaiano.  Cinematography Gianni Di Venanzo.  Film Editing Leo Catozzo.  Art Direction Piero Gherardi.  Set Decoration Vito Anzalone.  Costumes Gherardi.  Music Nino Rota.  Cineriz. Embassy Pictures Corp.  1963.  Digital print.  135 mins.  Permission courtesy of Corinth Film & Video.

Event Information

Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Academy Awards Facts

Academy Award® winner: Black-and-White Costume Design (Gherardi), Foreign Language Film (Italy)

Academy Award nominee: Black-and-White Art Direction (Gherardi), Directing (Fellini), Writing – Story and screenplay written directly for the screen (Fellini, Flaiano, Pinelli, Rondi)

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