With the recent success of “Nine” (two Golden Globe nominations), there is a renewed interest in Federico Fellini’s classic ‘8 1/2’. Nine is based on the film 8½, which stands for the number of movies that Federico Fellini had directed to that point. He had previously directed six full-length feature films: (1) Lo sceicco bianco (1952), (2) I vitelloni (1953), (3) La strada (1954), (4) Il bidone (1955, ) (5) Le notti di Cabiria (1957), and (6) La dolce vita (1960). He had collaborated with Alberto Lattuada to film Luci del varietà (1950) and directed two short segments: (1) “Un Agenzia Matrimoniale” from L’amore in città (1953) and (2) “Le Tentazioni del Dottor Antonio” from Boccaccio ’70 (1962). These six full-length films, the three latter projects that he counted for ½ points each, plus this film added to 8½. Maury Yeston has stated that by adding music to the story, it was like adding an extra ½ to the story. The song “Nine” (excised from the film adaptation) adds further symbolism to the number and its relation to Guido and the story.
This is the British Quad poster from the rerelease in 1996. The photograph is before linen-backing. With the linen, the piece is in excellent condition with rich, vibrant colors and no folds or creases.