Being Frank: 8 1/2 (1963) d. Federico Fellini

This is the trailer to Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2. It focusses on a creatively blocked film director Guido (Marcello Mastroianni) attempting to complete his latest film whilst wrestling with flashbacks of his complicated relationships with women. The film has a dreamlike quality; Guido interacts with his parents, despite them being long dead, and he leads a parade of people from his past in a circus like fashion around his space rocket film set. It was this sense of the dreamy quality to memory I wanted to recreate, with a more lyrical approach to depicting the past than something literal. Like The Tree Of Life this became less relevant as the piece eventually evolved into a sound piece, eschewing such grand visual poetry. But the idea of the past imposing on the present in a way akin to dreams was something I initially wanted to explore.

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