The Criterion Collection, 2001. First Printing. Set of 2 DVDs.
"One of the most respected films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ (Otto e mezzo) turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) is a director whose film – and life – is collapsing around him. An early working title for the film was La Bella Confusione (The Beautiful Confusion), and Fellini’s masterpiece is exactly that; a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act. It was winner of the 1963 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film and is one of the most discussed and imitated movies of all time. A second disc features Fellini’s rarely seen first film for television Fellini: A Director’s Notebook (1979). Produced by Peter Goldfarb, this “imagined documentary” of Fellini on Fellini is a kaleidoscope of unfinished projects, all of which provide a window into the director’s unique and creative process." Special edition double-disc set features:
- New digital transfer of restored film elements with digital image restoration
- Screen-specific audio essay featuring commentary by film critic and Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and NYU Professor of Film Antonio Monda
- Introduction by Terry Gilliam, director of Brazil and 12 Monkeys
- Theatrical trailer
- New and improved English subtitles
- Fellini: A Director’s Notebook, a 52-minute film by Federico Fellini
- Nino Rota: Between Cinema and Concert, a 49-minute documentary about the composer of the music in Fellini’s films
- Interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmuller, whose career began on the set of 8 1/2, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who discusses the revolutionary art of Gianni de Venanzo
- Photographs from the collection of Gideon Bachmann
- Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production photos
2 DVD discs, 138 minutes, black and white, monaural, in Italian with optional English subtitles, 1.85:1 aspect ratio. In case, with 22-page booklet featuring essays by Fellini, Fellini collaborator and critic Tullio Kezich, and film professor and author Alexander Sesonske.
Previously owned and opened and in excellent condition.