Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) is a man in crisis. He is a storyteller without a story to tell, a director in need of direction. His life as a filmmaker hangs in the balance as his new project is virtually collapsing around him.
Celebrated Italian visionary and master of grand spectacle Federico Fellini (La Dolce Vita) unravels one of the great films about unraveling - turning one man's artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema - where the camera captures the insanity of the creative process in surreal detail.
Weaving in and out of fantasy and dreamscape, follow Guido on his spiritual journey to creative fulfillment - where he is at once tethered by ropes to overzealous producers whilst simultaneously pondering the true value of the science fiction epic he is supposed to be filming.
A tour-de-force of imaginative cinema, reflecting Fellini's own creative concerns and crises, 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) is as thought provoking as it is incredible, blending the best of dreams, the worst of anxieties - sprinkled with the wonder of circus and magic - pondering the possibility that art may be imitating life! Special features include: The Lost Ending - a 50 minute sequence cut from the original film by Fellini, The Magic of Fellini - a collection of interviews with key Fellini collaborators, Federico Fellini's Mysterious Journey - a documentary about The Journey Of G. Mastorna, an unfinished Fellini project shrouded in mystery.