Written by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano,
Tullio Pinelli, and Brunello Rondi
Produced by Angelo Rizzoli
Music by Nino Rota
Cinematography by Gianni Di Venanzo
Editing by Leo Cattozzo
Production design by Piero Gherardi
Art direction by Piero Gherardi
Set decor by Vito Anzalone
Costumes by Piero Gherardi
Makeup by Otello Fava
Hair by Renata Magnanti
Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Sandra Milo,
Eddra Gale, Anouk Aimée,
and Claudia Cardinale
The movie is so great mainly because it plays on so many levels at once. Is this all the main character's dream? Is it the movie he's making? Is it a dress rehearsal, a making-of, or just a day-dreamed vision of how it could be? Or maybe it's autobiographically about Guido, or autobiographically about Fellini. And that's when the movie hits closest to home, during the parts that feel like it's about an actual person's life. Even if it's not really about anyone in particular, it still feels like it is and so we connect to it, because we understand that these are true emotions and they are realistic, they trigger our own nostalgia and our own weariness with the surreally dreary present.
The title allegedly comes from the fact that Director Fellini had made 7 feature movies and a short up to this time, thus this movie is his Opus #8 1/2.
Produced by Alfredo Bini
Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli
Editing by Nino Baragli
Costumes by Danilo Donati
Starring Mario Cipriani and Orson Welles
Recorded on 1 November 1963 in Sweden. The songs performed are: Sweet Georgia Brown, Let's Fall In Love, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Fly Me to the Moon, Honeysuckle Rose, On Green Dolphin Street, and Tea for Two. Each one performed to perfection.