Best Movies by Farr

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Mastroianni hit his career peak playing Guido Anselmo, a harried film director who must remember what he wants to say in his latest project. "It was supposed to be so simple," he laments, while managing the fears and expectations of all those who depend on him; some of these individuals are quite eccentric, as you might expect. We feel Guido's bewildering artist's block as if it were our own. 

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In this, the director's most personal work, Fellini ventures further from traditional narrative, with fascinating results. "8½" represents his first sustained foray into the blurring of reality and illusion, wakefulness and dreams, that would increasingly characterize his later film output. The technique would never work so seamlessly as in this exploration of the filmmaker's unruly, often unreal creative process. Mastroianni pulls off a cinematic tour de force, basically playing the part of Fellini himself. "8½" is a bold, uncompromising work about the pain and price of creativity. 

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"