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8 1/2

Released 1963
Distributor Embassy Pictures Corporation

Federico Fellini’s follow up to La Dolce Vita (and his last black-and-white movie) is the rare classic that rewards each viewing over a lifetime with new and different insights. A favorite of virtually every filmmaker, this exhilarating phantasmagoria was inspired by Fellini’s own creative block. “I am Guido”, he famously said of Marcello Mastroianni’s conflicted film director hero whose expressionistic, circus-like world is closing in on him. One of the most influential movies ever made, and the highlight of Fellini’s remarkable career.


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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.

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