Saw 8½ this weekend. And yes, it is a classic!
Normally, I don’t like films about the making of movies. This is an exception, primarily because Fellini is such a master of the medium. His film dances effortlessly between the dramatic, the comical and the surreal.
Not only did he work with some of the best-known actors — Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale — of that time, Fellini had a remarkable eye for his second-tier talent. Every face is carefully chosen to hit a specific note in his cinematic symphony.
The lighting, the camera movement, the framing — all this comes together in a package that only need be described as “Fellini-esque.”
See it on the big screen if you get the chance.