Saturday, May 23, 2009

Italians are Beautiful (a movie review)

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo: Mesmerizing. A film about making films, but so much more. This Federico Fellini masterpiece is spectacular. Following the creative crisis of director Guido Anselmi, the film delves into the psyche of both an artist searching for his creative vision, and a man struggling with his life (and the women who inhabit it) that interrupts it. I really enjoyed it. It's a visual feast, filled with hilarious moments and poignant vignettes. Definitely a classic. I highly recommend it. I'm especially intriuged by how modern it is. Made in 1963 it seems more at home with movies filmed today.