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8 1/2 (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on January 22, 2010

This is my third viewing, and it just gets better every time.  Every scene is amazing.  You find yourself looking forward to the parts you remember, and during the other parts you’re thinking “I can’t believe I forgot this scene!”.  For most directors, the meta-narrative about a filmmaker who can’t seem to make his film would be plenty.  But what’s magical about 8 1/2 is that it’s about so much more than that.  Guido isn’t simply unable to commit to his film… he’s unable to commit to anything.  His dreams, his fantasies and his past keep intruding on reality with childlike abandon.  And it’s done so brilliantly, it just flows perfectly and doesn’t feel written at all.  It really is a perfect movie, even though I kind of hate to say it, partly because I like Nights of Cabiria even more, and I wouldn’t call that one “perfect”.  The lighting is perfect, the music is perfect, the casting is perfect (especially the minor roles and background actors — what a sea of amazing faces!).  It sweeps you off your feet.  There are films I love that aren’t canon, and there are canon films that I’m not fond of at all, but sometimes canon is canon for a very good reason.  Absolutely one of the best films ever made.  Rating: 10


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