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"Fellini's  8½"
('Otto e Mezzo')  1963 Movie

still photo of a scene at the train station from "Fellini's 8½" [1963]           

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"Happiness consists of being able to tell the truth without hurting anyone."
— line in "Fellini's 8½"


           Days after

History of The Film
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won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film  won Oscar for Best B&W Costume Design    "Otto  e  Mezzo"  aka  "Fellini's 8½"
[Embassy Pictures Italy Feb 1963, USA June 1963]
Co-written & directed by Federico Fellini; original music by Nino Rota; starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, Rossella Falk & Barbara Steele; won Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film & Best B&W Costume Design; 3 other Oscar noms, including Best Director and Best Original Script; won 7 Silver Ribbons from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, including Best Director, Best Story, Best Script & Best Musical Score; won Kinema Junpo Awards for Best Foreign Language Film & Best Director; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (5/2005)
official '8½' movie sitefilm credits at Internet Movie Databasefilm entry at Wikipedia

"Fellini's 8½" red poster  "Fellini's 8½" on DVD  The 2-disk edition DVD includes NBC-TV docufilm "Fellini: A Director's Notebook" [1969]; docufilm "Nino Rota: Between Cinema & Concert" [1993]; interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmuller & cinematographer Vittorio Storaro; booklet & stills gallery
Criterion widescreen b&w Blu-ray [1/2010] for $24.49
Criterion widescreen b&w DVD [12/2001] 2 disks for $24.49
Image Ent widescreen b&w DVD [10/2002] for $11.44
Criterion/Janus Films widescreen b&w DVD [4/2010] for $13.71
M.P.I. Home Video b&w VHS [6/88] out of prodn/many used

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Fellini 8½ screenplay, with critical text by Charles Affron  
"8½: Federico Fellini, Director" [1989]
critical text by Charles Affron

Rutgers Univ Press 9x6 pb [5/87] out of print/used
Rutgers Univ Press 8½x6½ hardcover [5/87] out of print/used
Fellini's 8 1/2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album on CD  "8 1/2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" [1999]
by Otto E. Mezzo {sic} & Nino Rota

C.A.M. Italy soundtrack CD [3/2012] for $18.98
C.A.M. Japan soundtrack CD [3/2007] out of prodn/used
C.A.M. Italy soundtrack CD [3/99] 12 tracks - out of prodn/used
C.A.M. Italy soundtrack CD [undated] out of prodn/used
C.A.M. Italy soundtrack MP3 album download [5/2012] 12 tracks - for $8.99
Doxy Records vinyl soundtrack album [10/2014] for $28.11
Get Back Records vinyl soundtrack album [8/2011] for $32.64

listen to the "8½ Theme" by Nino Rota [4:30] at YouTube (while watching a slide show)

Other Works


"Nine" original Italian musical [1977]
by Mario Fratti & Maury Yeston

"Stardust  Memories"  [United Artists Sept 1980]
Stardust Memories 1980 movie by Woody Allen  An homage to "Fellini's 8½" [1963] with Woody's character an insecure movie director beseiged by fans and co-workers and former mistresses at a film festival. Written & directed by and starring Woody Allen; b&w cinematography by Gordon Willis; also starring Charlotte Rampling, Jessica Harper, Marie-Christine Barrault, Tony Roberts, Daniel Stern, Amy Wright & Sharon Stone {debut}
M.G.M. Home Video b&w DVD [7/2000] for $13.49
M.G.M. Home Video b&w VHS [7/2000] out of prodn/many used
script? Tusquets Editor pb [2000] for $9.80
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


"Nine" Broadway musical
Nine Broadway musical playscript by Arthur Kopit  Nine Broadway musical 2003 revival poster  book by Arthur Kopit, music & lyrics by Maury Yeston
original run: 748 performances, May 1982 - Feb 1984

Directed by Tommy Tune; starring Raul Julia, Liliane Montevecchi, Karen Akers
& Anita Morris; won 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical; credits
revival run: 306 performances, March-Dec 2003
Directed by David Leveaux; starring Antonio Banderas, Jane Krakowski, Mary Stuart Masterson & Chita Rivera; won 2 Tony Awards; credits
Samuel French playscript pb [11/2009] for $8.50
Samuel French playscript pb [1983] out of print/used
Nelson Doubleday playscript hardcover [1983] out of print/used

"Nine" [Weinstein Dec 2009]
Nine musical feature film directed by Rob Marshall  Fellini's 1963 movie "8½" was the 'inspiration' for the 1977 Italian-language stage musical "Nine" which was the basis for the 1982 Broadway musical which is the basis for this musical feature film. A desperate movie director struggles to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor, which begins shooting in only a week. He searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, former lovers, colleagues, his muse, and his mother, while balancing the demands of his art, his profession, and his personal life. Co-produced & directed by Rob Marshall; adapted by Michael Tolkin & Anthony Minghella; starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Sophia Loren & Stacy Ferguson; already nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia


director Federico Fellini [1920-93] Page

Marcello Mastroianni
Claudia Cardinale
Anouk Aimée
Sandra Milo
Rossella Falk

composer Nino Rota [1911-79]

"Fellini's 8½"  Poster  Gallery
( shut down their affiliates program in June 2015)

Marcello Mastroianni with hat from "Fellini's 8½" [1963]
Marcello Mastroianni
with hat

18"x24" poster for $39.99
from Amazon
still of Mastroianni on the beach from "Fellini's 8½" [1963
Marcello Mastroianni
with bullhorn on beach

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Marcello Mastroianni looking in the mirror from "Fellini's 8½" [1963]
Marcello Mastroianni
looking in the mirror

18"x24" poster for $39.99
from Amazon

"Fellini's 8½" Links

official '8½' movie site
film credits at Internet Movie Database
film entry at Wikipedia

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