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- DescriptionFederico Fellinia??s masterpiece 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) shocked audiences around the world when it was released in 1963 by its sheer auteurist gall. The hero, a film director named Guido Anselmi, seemed to be Fellinia??s mirror image, and the story to reflect the making of 8 1/2 itself. Whether attacked for self-indulgence or extolled for self-consciousness, 8 1/2 became the paradigm of personal filmmaking, and numerous directors, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Bruce LaBruce, paid homage to it in their own work. Now that 8 1/2a??s conceit is less shocking, D.A. Miller argues, we can see more clearly how tentative, even timid, Fellina??s ground-breaking incarnation always was. Guido is a perfect blank, or is trying his best to seem one. By his own admission he doesna??t even have an artistic or social statement to offer: a??I have thing to say, but I want to say it anyway.a?? 8 1/2a??s deepest commitment is t to this man (who is never quite a??all therea??) or to his message (which is lacking entirely) but to its own flamboyant manner. The enduring timeliness of 8 1/2 lies, Miller suggests, in its aggressive shirking of the shame that falls on the man a?? and the artist a? ? who fails his appointed social responsibilities.
- Author BiographyD.A. Miller is John F. Hotchkis Professor in English at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. He writes a regular column for 'Film Quarterly'.
- Author(s)D.A. Miller
- PublisherBritish Film Institute
- Date of Publication18/06/2008
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Series TitleBFI Film Classics
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBFI Publishing
- Content Note96 p.
- Width135 mm
- Height190 mm
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