- Alternate Character Interpretation: The Movie. Roger Ebert stated that his view of the main character changed depending on where he was in life."I have seen 8½ over and over again, and my appreciation only deepens. It does what is almost impossible: Fellini is a magician who discusses, reveals, explains and deconstructs his tricks, while still fooling us with them. He claims he doesn't know what he wants or how to achieve it, and the film proves he knows exactly, and rejoices in his knowledge."
YMMV / 8½