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8 ½ Rated 15

8 ½

Dir. Federico Fellini. Italy, 1963. 2h 18m. Italian/subs. Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, Rossella Falk, Barbara Steele.

After the release of his critically-acclaimed state-of-the-nation drama La Dolce Vita, Federico Fellini found himself at an artistic impasse. His triumphant response was to haul himself out of this malaise with an autobiographical magnum opus about a film director suffering from a similar creative block. Fellini’s self-reflexive movie about movie-making, voted the 10th greatest film of all-time in BFI Sight and Sound Magazine, brilliantly blends drama, fantasy, social satire, and self-critique.

‘A cinematic rerelease of Federico Fellini’s hallucinatory masterpiece offers a chance to be blown away all over again – its opening alone is one of the most incredible things in cinema’ ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

‘A mind palace stuffed with secrets and shaken for play – this is a movie that makes navigating life’s circus seem more manageable.’ ★★★★★ Ian Mantgani, Little White Lies

Sunday 23 February: 15:15
Monday 24 February: 18:15