Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: 8 1/2 (1963)

Film: 8 1/2 (155/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: Rewatch

At no point during any of the 92 episodes of "Man Men" did I realize how similar it is to 8 1/2: a self-absorbed man with a creative block and an obsession with the women in his life. Ad man, filmmaker, not too different at their cores. But enough about Mad Men. 8 1/2 is a masterpiece. It feels like a dream in the best way possible. It floats along inside his mind, his women, his work...and the women! So many amazingly intriguing and beautiful women! Of course I have to give love to Anouk Aimée as Guido's long-suffering wife, but I also love Claudia Cardinale as his muse of sorts. And let's not discount Marcello Mastroianni as the charming, frustrating, and hopeless Guido. He gives this character, who might be outright contemptible or pathetic in a way, charisma and sympathy. His journey is a fascinating one to watch. As Guido realizes, many of us are nothing without the people around us. They're a part of us. We have to give in and join the dance. 

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