Fellini’s 8 1/2
Wednesday, November 30
The Film Committee’s Dream Factory Festival continues with Fellini’s 8 1/2, one of the greatest films of all time. Troubled Italian filmmaker Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) struggles with creative stasis as he attempts to get a new movie off the ground. Overwhelmed by his work and personal life, the director retreats into his thoughts and dreams, which often focus on his loves, both past and present, and frequently wander into fantastical territory. As he tries to sort out his many entanglements, romantic and otherwise, Anselmi finds his production becoming more and more autobiographical.
Our discussant is Bernard Welt, author of Mythomania: Fantasies, Fables, and Sheer Lies in Contemporary American Popular Art, Phil King, and Kelly Bulkeley, co-author of Dreaming in the Classroom (SUNY Press, 2011), the first major academic survey of the study and use of dreams and dreaming in contemporary education. His talks on dreaming and film are a regular feature of the annual conferences of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and he is a contributing editor to its quarterly publication, Dream Time. He has contributed poetry, prose fiction, and reviews to many journals and art catalogues, and has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writers Fellowship.
No RSVP required. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.