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%%* * AuthorAvatar: Guido.Guido, a celebrated film director who can't come up with a story for his next movie, was created by Federico Fellini, a celebrated film director who made this film because he couldn't come up with a story for his next movie.


A pseudo-autobiographical 1963 film by Creator/FedericoFellini dealing with a director, Guido Anselmi (portrayed by Creator/MarcelloMastroianni), trying to make a film, but suffering from ďdirectorís block.Ē To make things worse, his personal life is also going under a lot of stress: his health is not ideal, he doesnít know where he is standing right now and he has problems with both his wife Luisa (Anouk Aimee) and his lover Carla (Sandra Milo). In other words, everything is conspiring to make his film sink like the Titanic.

One of Felliniís better known works, itís a favorite of film directors for showing the trials and tribulations of their career. The movie is generally straightforward, but full of flashbacks and daydream sequences, practically without any warning (sometimes you donít realize youíre watching a fantasy until later). The title comes from the fact that before making the film, Fellini realized that he had made six features and three shorts (each short being "half"), which added up to seven-and-a-half films. So, obviously, the next movie would be film number '''8½'''.

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A pseudo-autobiographical 1963 film by Creator/FedericoFellini dealing with a director, Guido Anselmi (portrayed by Creator/MarcelloMastroianni), trying to make a film, but suffering from ďdirectorís block.Ē To make things worse, his personal life is also going under a lot of stress: his health is not ideal, he doesnít know where he is standing right now and he has problems with both his wife Luisa (Anouk Aimee) (Creator/AnoukAimee) and his lover Carla (Sandra Milo).(Creator/SandraMilo). In other words, everything is conspiring to make his film sink like the Titanic.

One of Felliniís better known better-known works, itís a favorite of film directors for showing the trials and tribulations of their career. The movie is generally straightforward, but full of flashbacks and daydream sequences, practically without any warning (sometimes you donít realize youíre watching a fantasy until later). The title comes from the fact that before making the film, Fellini realized that he had made six features and three shorts (each short being "half"), which added up to seven-and-a-half films. So, obviously, the next movie would be film number '''8½'''.



* AuthorAvatar: Guido.

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* CoolShades: Guido wears them because he is a well known director.

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* CoolShades: Guido wears them because he is a well known well-known director.



* EveryoneComesBackFantasyPartyEnding: All the people from Guido's past come back near the end to join him into a dance number set in a circus stage, where he is the ring master.

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* EveryoneComesBackFantasyPartyEnding: All the people from Guido's past come back near the end to join him into in a dance number set in on a circus stage, where he is the ring master.ringmaster.

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* AuthorAvatar: Guido.


* SoapOperaDisease: Carla periodically runs 100-plus-degree fevers with no explanation. She admits, while suffering a bout of such illness, that she and [[YourCheatingHeart her husband]] have learned to live with them.

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* SoapOperaDisease: Carla periodically runs 100-plus-degree fevers with no explanation. She admits, while suffering a bout of such illness, that she and [[YourCheatingHeart her husband]] husband have learned to live with them.


Compare/contrast with ''Film/AllThatJazz'' and ''Film/WildStrawberries''.

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Compare/contrast with ''Film/AllThatJazz'' ''Film/AllThatJazz'', ''Film/WildStrawberries'' and ''Film/WildStrawberries''.
''Film/{{Celebrity}}''.


* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The director, talking about Guido's film, basically describing Fellini's film.

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The director, screenwriter, talking about Guido's film, basically describing Fellini's film.


* EarWorm: InUniverse. Once Guido hears the famous overture to Music/GioachinoRossini's ''Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville'' played by the orchestra, he just can't get it out of his head. It only lasts about a day though.

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* EarWorm: InUniverse. Once Guido hears the famous overture to Music/GioachinoRossini's ''Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville'' played by the orchestra, he just can't get it out of his head. It only lasts about a day though.

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* RevisedEnding: The original ending scene featured Guido and his wife sitting together in the restaurant car of a train bound for Rome. Lost in thought, Guido looked up to see all the characters of his film smiling ambiguously at him as the train entered a tunnel. Fellini then shot an alternative ending set around the spaceship on the beach at dusk but with the intention of using the scenes as a trailer for promotional purposes only. He and his co-writers, however, decided that this alternate sequence served as a more harmonious and exuberant ending to the film.


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%%* ButtMonkey: Conocchia.



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%%* GainaxEnding* GainaxEnding: Guido abruptly announces that the movie is cancelled. He and Luisa make a tentative recreation. Suddenly all the characters in the movie, including the dead ones like his parents, come out from behind a curtain. As a band of circus clowns play music everyone dances in a circle around the abandoned set. Then all the characters are gone, leaving only the band, which walks off stage. The end.



%%* TheMuse: Claudia.



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%%* TheSmartGuy: The writer.


%%* PrettyInMink: Carla.

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%%* * PrettyInMink: Carla.Claudia is wrapped up in a stylish mink when she meets Guido again near the end of the film.


* BettyAndVeronica: Guido with his voluptuous, slutty mistress, and his bitter, angry wife--the wife being angry of course because of his constant infidelity.



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* DaydreamSurprise: Some of the {{Imagine Spot}}s aren't clearly marked off as imagine spots for a while. The opening sequence looks like like Guido stuck in a traffic jam--until he floats up into the sky out of the car.

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* GratuitousEnglish: Gloria, Mario's hot young girlfriend who chatters in English from time to time for no obvious reason, is played by British actress Barbara Steele.

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* DiegeticSwitch: "Music/RideOfTheValkyries" kicks up when Guido is futzing around in his bathroom. It's ridiculous enough in that setting, but it gets more bizarre when the film cuts to the garden of an old folks' home and the music is revealed to be coming from a band there.


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* RideOfTheValkyries: Played for a moment of SoundtrackDissonance, as this rousing theme starts as Guido is stretching in his bathroom, and continues as people mill about his film set aimlessly.



* SoundtrackDissonance: Playing ''Music/RideOfTheValkyries'' to the sight of the resort for the elderly and frail? Check. The music is eventually revealed to be diegetic, but this rather makes the whole thing even more absurd.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: Playing ''Music/RideOfTheValkyries'' "Music/RideOfTheValkyries" to the sight of the resort for the elderly and frail? Check. The music is eventually revealed to be diegetic, but this rather makes the whole thing even more absurd.

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