Visions of Europe: 8½

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BBFC RatingVisions of Europe: 8½

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Director(s)Federico Fellini
Writer(s)Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli
LanguageItalian, French, English, German
CountryItaly, France
Running Time2HR 18MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles
SeasonVisions of Europe

Often cited (especially by other filmmakers) as one of the greatest movies ever made, Fellini’s autobiographical extravaganza blends drama, fantasy, social satire and self-critique. Back at QFT for its 60th anniversary.

Federico Fellini’s  marks the moment when the director’s always-personal approach to filmmaking fully embraced self-reflexivity, pioneering a stream-of-consciousness style that darts exuberantly among flashbacks, dream sequences, and carnivalesque reality, and turning one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema.

Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life, as he struggles against creative block and helplessly juggles the women in his life—including Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, and Claudia Cardinale. An early working title for  was The Beautiful Confusion, and Fellini’s masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act.

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From 31 Mar - 16 Apr, Visions of Europe returns to celebrate the breadth of European cinema. With a handpicked selection of 24 films from a Macedonian witch tale to a race through Berlin, we take in the best of European film including previews, festival hits and classics returning to the big screen.


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