In the Italian cult classic Eight and a Half (8½), the legendary director of La Dolce Vita (winner of the Palme d’Or in 1960) portrays his fears of inspiration running out. A remastered version of the film will be screened at the opening night of Cinéma de la Plage.
Claudia Cardinale / Photo from the film © RR
Eight and a Half (8½) (Otto e Mezzo), considered a masterpiece of the silver screen, marked a watershed in the career of Federico Fellini, whose eighth feature film was his most baroque work to date. As with La Dolce Vita, the surreal arthouse sequencing of this 1963 release represented a break with the director’s previous neo-realist films.
Tinged with a brooding poetry and deliberately absent of a narrative thread, the film weaves in and out of reality as it chronicles the dreams and reminiscences that play out in the troubled mind of film-maker Guido Anselmi, who is haunted by a fear of never finishing his film.
Thursday 15th May / Macé Beach / 9.30 p.m.