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Watched: 11 December

I probably ought to have watched Fellini’s self-reflexive study of ‘directors’ block’ and the creative process years ago, especially as I’ve sat through at least a dozen pale and not-so-pale imitations of it, but it has inexplicably taken me a long, long time. Now, a month or so later, I feel the need to see it again (and probably again, and again) in order to properly get to grips with its themes, to ensure that I’ve followed all of the dialogue, to rewatch some of the performances, and so on – there is so much to unpack here I imagine it rewards multiple viewings in the way few other films can match. Anyway, in terms of this initial watch I was very impressed by the way it looked, with stunning black and white cinematography and production design to enjoy throughout, while Marcello Mastroianni’s Guido Anselmi is an enigmatic, fascinatingly-flawed character who seems to me to be the epitomy of Italian high society early-60s cool – and I like spending time as a tourist or peeping tom within that scene and all those fabulous locations. It may be a bit much to take in at first, especially during the surreal episodes, but it has great energy, wit, style and class. (*****)

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  1. January 20, 2018

    Man oh man, I tried to watch this years ago, and was completely bamboozled…I could NOT figure it out. Maybe I need to watch it again…but if I do and I’m still lost, I’m going to have to demand a refund. Does LPB still have a money-back guarantee?

    • Stu #
      February 1, 2018

      We offer a you-claim / we-win guarantee to all four regular readers of this blog.

      • February 2, 2018

        Well, I guess that counts me out.

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