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Fellini's Best @ Cinematheque Sunday!

Bill J.
Bill.Johnson
Group Organizer
Chagrin Falls, OH



Ciao a tutti!
Everyone is invited to join us on Sunday afternoon at Cinematheque (Cleveland Institute of Art) for a screening of one of Federico Fellini's seminal films: Otto e Mezzo (1963) also known as 8 ½. The film shows at 3:30 p.m.

After we are headed to Etna in Little Italy. Since reservations for Etna are necessary, please let me know by 9 p.m. on Saturday if you will join the group for dinner.  You can RSVP at Cine Arts or simply show up at Cinematheque.  Here is the link (click here) http://www.meetup.com/Cine-Arts-Cleveland/events/96347652/­

Seriously, this is one of the greatest films of all time!  I was just screening the trailer here at home and wondering why we didn't have more signed up.  I promise to share my meager Fellini knowledge with you on Sunday evening.  It will be an early evening and the weather promises to be warm!

Hope to see you there!

bill

Full event details follow:

Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical fantasy is one of the landmarks of world cinema. (It was voted the tenth best movie of all time in the 2012 Sight and Soundmagazine poll.) Marcello Mastroianni plays a hugely successful Italian film director who finds himself at a creative impasse just as he is about to embark on his most elaborate project yet, which everyone expects to top all of his others. As fans, media vultures, and industry sycophants swarm around him like flies, the beleaguered filmmaker escapes into private fantasies and nostalgic reveries. Fellini regarded this film as movie number 8½ in his own career, having previously directed six features, two short segments, and one collaboration with another filmmaker.
135 min. 35mm. Subtitles. 50th Anniversary!
If you saw NINE (2009) and had no clue (hated it), then you should have seen this first.  It is Fellini at his best.
(1963)
Otto e Mezzo (1963)
The Cinematheque
Sunday, January 13, 2013
3:30 p.m.
Federico Fellini’s 8½ (1963)
USA: 138 Minutes (restored version)
Directed by: Federico Fellini
Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo, Claudia Cardinale
Music: Nino Rota (Godfather) Black & White
Genre: Drama, Romance - Italian with Subtitles
Significant historical importance
Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical fantasy is one of the landmarks of world cinema. (It was voted the tenth best movie of all time in the 2012 Sight and Soundmagazine poll.) Marcello Mastroianni plays a hugely successful Italian film director who finds himself at a creative impasse just as he is about to embark on his most elaborate project yet, which everyone expects to top all of his others. As fans, media vultures, and industry sycophants swarm around him like flies, the beleaguered filmmaker escapes into private fantasies and nostalgic reveries. Fellini regarded this film as movie number 8½ in his own career, having previously directed six features, two short segments, and one collaboration with another filmmaker. 135 min. 35mm. Subtitles. 50th Anniversary!

8 ½
Guido (Marcello Mastroianni) is a popular movie director who is working on his new film. Along the way, he struggles with his screenwriter, producer, wife, and mistress. Each presents a different problem and obstacle. More and more difficulties arise, not just in his attempts to complete the movie, but also in his own mind.

Guido, although flawed, is completely fleshed out, and draws sympathy from the audience. Yes, he is an adulterer, but he loves his wife. We see all of his personal desires and agony. We see how he suffers when he struggles with his desire to create the ultimate piece of art, one that offers something to everybody.

The movie is technically wonderful. The movement of the camera, the lighting, and the direction in general is top notch. The movie mixes in dreams with reality to create a dreamlike world, and put us closer into Guido's own mind.

Somebody who is looking for a movie as a two-hour piece of entertainment will not enjoy this.  But, if you enjoy a movie that truly satisfies when it is finished, this is for you. It is quite long, and somewhat loose, but that is part of the interest.  Moviemakers, or artists in general, will find that this film has a great deal to offer.
8 ½ is one of the most unique, fascinating, and personal pieces ever committed to film. It has consistently hailed as such, and its influence on film is far-reaching and undeniable.  It is certainly not one of the most entertaining movies of all time, and is actually quite long and difficult. However, it is an incredible piece of filmmaking, and a gripping look at the difficulties of creating not just a movie, but art in general.
The film enjoys a 97-percent Fresh rating (37 out of 38 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes being positive. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/8_12/­#
3:30 p.m.  - 8 ½– Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard (corner of Bellflower) across from the Cleveland Museum of Art. http://www.cia.edu/academicResources/cinematheque/filmSchedule.php?action=extended­
Meet in the Lobby 10 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater.  We will try to save seats in the first few rows of the upper section, center.  Seats in the first row offer expanded legroom.  The flick is almost 2 ½ hours, so expect to be out around 6 p.m.
6:15 p.m. After Film Discussion/Dinner – the After-Party @ Etna Ristorante & Wine Bar, 11919 Mayfield Road, next to Holy Rosary Church, 216.791.7670
Bill



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