Otto e Mezzo

I thought I had something so simple to say. Something useful to everybody. A film that could help bury forever all those dead things we carry within ourselves. Instead, I'm the one without the courage to bury anything at all. When did I go wrong?
I really have nothing to say, but I want to say it all the same.
Guido, in by F. Fellini)
The present blog certainly comes as a joke, located as it is between 8 and 9 in the Blogging by Numbers series of blogs I have been unwinding for several weeks. Yet by was a movie that remains worth seeing, almost half a century later, far from the usual hyped-up blockbusters now released every week. Also, the music by Nino Rota is justly famous.
The movie depicts the crisis of a creative mind, the despondency of an artist who doesn't succeed in creating any more.
    [BbN #8.5]
Guido, played by Marcello Mastroianni — and a transparent alter ego of Fellini himself — has lost inspiration. He is overwhelmed by an uncontrolled flood of dreams, fantasies, and hallucinations.
From this movie on, Federico Fellini took up a style of Realistic Fantasy, where extravagance is more real than reality, filled up with humanity, fantasizing and imagination.

2 comment(s):

    It's not the best music of Nino Rotta. This film is really amazing.
    For the music choice, I prefer the music of the month. Money JUngle is one of the greatest jazz LP, I've never heard. The duke is a great pianist and not a conductor.
    Your blog is fun.
    Best regards
    J'ai corrigé


    Ah! It takes me back to the days when I was filming with my colleagues Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve! I starred with them in Touche pas à la Femme Blanche! (Non toccare la donna bianca!) by Marco Ferreri.

    Yeah right! I was an extra running in the dust outside of Paris for days playing an Indian squaw, but you see me on screen for a nano second! Besides, I prefer Fellini's film and although Rota's music in 8½ is quite famous, his music for The Godfather is universal!


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