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8 1/2

Updated on January 20, 2010

One of the Best Foreign films I've ever had the pleasure of seeing

"8 1/2" is a powerful and potent story about one man's journey of self reflection and redemption. Unlike it's modern remake "Nine", "8 1/2" isn't a musical. No, it's a dramatic portrayal of one man's obsession with lust and fame, as it almost spirals his life towards oblivion. Federico Fellini's use of metaphors throughout this film are very well done. As each symbol not only signifies aspects of Guido Anselmi's (Marcello Mastroianni) life, but how deeply empty his heart and soul is, as he realizes the error in his ways. Desperately trying to piece together bits and crumbles of his life, as he's not sure what he wants. "8 1/2" is a true master piece in cinematic history, as it shows how Federico Fellini often uses great use of symbolism throughout a film like so many other legendary directors. Featuring strong performance and musical score that matches the film's theme perfectly. "8 1/2" is truly one of the greatest films ever made.

Federico Fellin's use of symbolism works perfectly throughout the film, as it displays not only Guido's obsession with lust and fame, but it also shows how it has corrupted his morals over time. Thus causing him to feel utterly isolated because it. Each symbolism helps describe Guido's personality and fears, to help the audience understand the deep psychological mindset of the main protagonist.

Portraying Guido as a man that wants everything in life but is afraid to make a choice, because he might miss an opportunity. Marcello does an excellent job capturing the insecurities and nuances of the character, as the viewers can plainly see how truly lonely and miserable his life has become, due to his selfishness. However, giving his character just enough respectability as it allows for the audience to root for him, as he tries to seek redemption after realizing what he lost.

The musical score in this movie was superb to say the least. Normally, I don't credit movies for musical scores, as they rarely change my mind on a film. However, the music in this movie was top notch. Each song playing perfectly to match the tone and setting of each scene, allowing for the viewer to feel even more immersed into the movie.

"8 1/2" is truly a cinematic masterpiece.  Not only does Federico Fellini show you just how brilliant he is, by using colorful array of symbolism, but he does it so naturally and tastefully that the audience can't help but be impressed.  Marcello Mastroianni does an excellent job portraying his character, as his performance in this film is one that all actors should try to emulate.  Overall, "8 1/2" is definitely one of the best foreign films I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. 


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    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      8 years ago

      Thanks paradise. I appreciate the compliment. Yeah, usually whenever I write a film review, I try to say more than just it was good or bad. I try to be as elaborate as I can be. Anyway, I'm glad you liked the review.

    • Paradise7 profile image


      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Looks like a great movie and I'm a Fellini fan from way back. I real your hub "9", also, and I must say, you do a great job with movie reviews.



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