Film Series March 29-31: Fellini's Classic, '8 1/2'

The Webster University Film Series presents Federico Fellini's artful masterpiece 8 1/2 the weekend of March 29 – 31, with all screenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Moore Auditorium.

The winner of the 1963 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film and Best Costume Design, this timeless classic sits atop many critics' best-films-of-all time lists, and is, no doubt, the greatest film about film-making. 8 ½ follows Fellini's on-screen persona, Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni), who, at the peak of his career is experiencing a mid-life crisis, unable to commence his next film project. At the urging of his doctors, he takes some time off to rest from his hectic schedule of film production, only to find escape from his throng of staff and idlers impossible.

Retreating from reality, Guido assimilates himself in a cerebral world where his fantasies compete against his sense of urgency to make any kind of progress on his new movie. Masquerading through his memory are many characters and personalities, each having a unique influence on the master director.  An early working title for was “The Beautiful Confusion,” and Fellini's masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act.  In English, French, German, Italian with English subtitles.  Presented with a new 35mm print.

Admission is $6 for the general public, $5 for seniors (60 +), students from other schools and Webster alumni, $4 for Webster faculty and staff, and free to Webster students with valid ID.

The Webster University Film Series receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency.