Fellow Movie Buffs and Film Club Members:

Summer has packed its bags, and Fall has sent its intentions. September has dropped down on us gently, with just enough warmth to seduce us into not being wary of the Winter to come. In the meantime, nothing beats the joy of watching a classic film on a Friday night. Join us, the Tacoma Film Club, on this Friday night, September 3, 2010, at 924 Broadway for the proud screening of maestro Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 (1963). This masterpiece, considered one of the fifty best movies ever made, was released after LA DOLCE VITA (1960), and before JULIET OF THE SPIRITS (1965).

At one point Fellini considered Laurence Olivier for the lead role. During the filming, Fellini attached a hand-made note to himself just below the camera’s lens eyepiece, which read, “Remember, this is a comedy.”

The title, 8 1/2, refers to the number of movies Fellini had directed upuntil that time. The 1/2 was an episode in BOCCACCIO 70 (1962) starring Anita Ekberg. The working title for 8 1/2 was THE BEAUTIFUL CONFUSION.

8 1/2 (1963)

Directed by Federico Fellini @ 135 minutes.

The film stars Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Barbara Steele, Sandra Milo, and Mark Heron.

Synopsis: Famed film director Guido Anselmi is running out of time, and he is struggling to find the inspiration to start his next film; after his last film was a flop at the box office, there is a lot of pressure on him–and he finds himself running away, retreating into himself, hoping to find in his own past the genuine key to his next cinematic vision.

The movie won an Oscar for “Best Foreign Language Film”.

Leonard Maltin wrote, “This is a long, difficult, but fascinating film, overflowingwith creative and technical wizardry. Certainly one of the most intensely personal statements ever put on celluloid.”

Tagline: “A picture that goes beyond what men think about–because no man ever thought about it in quite this way.”

Guido: I thought my ideas were so clear. I wanted to make an honest film. No lies whatsoever. I thought I had something so simple to say. Something useful to everybody. A film that could help bury forever all those dead things we carry within ourselves. Instead, I’m the one without the courage to bury anything at all. When did I go wrong? I really have nothing to say, but I want to say it all the same.

So please show up and join us this Friday, September 3, 2010, to view Fellini’s masterwork, 8 1/2 (1963), at 924 Broadway, the TFC  Meeting Hall, at street level in the Pythian Temple, across the street from Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theatre District. The Phantom Director & Farishta will be on hand to create an appetizing re paste, and the meal will be served at 6:15 pm. Arrive early and have the luxury of devoted fellowship and banter with the core group who will already be there. We will continue with the Club Raffle, tickets at one dollar, with the winners receiving either 40% of the collected revenue, or a terrific DVD from my personal library of films. 8 1/2 will screen about 7:15 pm, after a short film, the results of the raffle, a giveaway, and my introduction for the film. See you at the movies!



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