8½. 1963. Italy. Directed by Federico Fellini. Screenplay by Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Fellini, Brunello Rondi. With Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, Marcello Mastroianni. In Italian; English subtitles. 138 min.
Filmmaker Guido Anselmi is so distracted that he can’t begin his new project. He procrastinates, makes excuses, and putters around getting nothing done. He even visits a spa in the hope that the treatments will invigorate him, but with his mistress and a crowd of insistent producers and assistants in tow, he retreats into his boyhood memories—most revolving around encounters with women—for salvation. Anselmi is a mirror image of Fellini in a film that won the latter an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film.