Texas Tech International Film Series Presents 8 1/2

Director Federico Fellini
Year 1963
Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo
Run Time 138min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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The Texas Tech University International Film Series is a cooperative, campus-wide effort to celebrate the diversity of our planet and promote intercultural understanding through the medium of cinema. We wish to provide logistical and material support to members of the campus community who wish to bring enthusiasm to campus films that meet the goals of the series. Our mission is to provide the Texas Tech University campus and the Lubbock community with regular screenings of international and independent cinema, paired as often as possible with speakers, panels, or roundtables that offer the opportunity to discuss issues raised by the films themselves.

This month's title: 8 1/2(1963)

Fellini created a remarkably personal cinematic confession in this film about a director who is mentally unable to commence work on his latest production. Suffering from a psychosomatic liver ailment, Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) takes to a spa for physical and spiritual rejuvenation, only to be haunted by the specter of his professional and personal life. In the black-and-white-tiled world of the spa, Anselmi confronts his problems, his boyhood memories, and his lusty fantasy world. Yet interruptions keep coming at him—from his producer, who wants to get the production of an outer-space adventure underway, and from his wife Luisa, upset about his mistress. His imagination serves as his escape: in imaginary sequences, he brandishes a whip instead of a megaphone to orchestrate his actors, and he also fantasizes that he is the master of a harem of women demurely under his control.

The containment of 8½ within the artificial world of the spa manifests a subjective, self-created reality, one that Fellini populates with priests, journalists, and Saraghina, the mythical prostitute who initiated Anselmi into the self-created mysteries of sex in his youthful days.

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