Directed by Federico Fellini
With Marcello Mastroianni
A carnivalesque self-portrait of a movie director, 8 1/2 moves freely between the frenzy of real life on a movie set, and the director's dream and fantasy life. Marcello Mastroianni perfectly captures the bemused wonder of the film director, creating an indelible portrait of the artist as ringleader. A lavish fantasia rooted in personal experience, this is the fullest expression of Fellini's desire to fuse realism and poetry. 8 1/2 has inspired numerous movies about movies including this year's eagerly awaited new film 9.