For my 100th “Living Room Cinema” installment, I have chosen one of the greatest movies of all time and paired it with a wonderful film directly inspired by it. Fellini’s contributions to film as art is truly immeasurable. His work has inspired nearly everyone who has taken the time to absorb it.
8 1/2 (1963) is written and directed by Frederico Fellini. Filled with symbolism and surreal moments from life and dreams, the film is reflective and autobiographical. The complex psychological web we face about our parents, loves, losses, professions, and friendships are all interwoven within this brilliant work. 8 1/2 is quickly paced and eternally satisfying. It is No. 1 on many Top Ten Film Lists for very good reason.
Stardust Memories (1980) is written and directed by Woody Allen. The inspiration from Fellini’s 8 1/2 is obvious and intended. Past the homage, Allen’s brilliance and comedy shine through. A film director attends a festival and encounters a circus atmosphere of critics and fans. Stardust Memories is grossly overlooked, but truly stands up as one of Woody Allen’s many great films.
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