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Legendary film critic Roger Ebert writes in his review of Felinnin’s 8 ½,
The critic Alan Stone, writing in the Boston Review, deplores Fellini’s “stylistic
tendency to emphasize images over ideas.” I celebrate it. A filmmaker who prefers
ideas to images will never advance above the second rank because he is fighting the
nature of his art. The printed word is ideal for ideas; film is made for images, and
images are best when they are free to evoke many associations and are not linked to
narrowly defined purposes.
When shooting began on 9 May 1962, Eugene Walter recalled Fellini taking “a little
piece of brown paper tape” and sticking it near the viewfinder of the camera. Written
on it was Ricordati che è un film comico (translated: “Remember that this is a comic
Fellini explained the note, saying he hoped to convey the three levels “on which our
minds live: the past, the present, and the conditional – the realm of fantasy”.
How does his film express itself as a comedy? How does 8 ½ capture his intention of
having his film convey the three levels “on which our minds live”?
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