07 June 2015

8½, 1963 - ★★★

Another one to admire rather than actually enjoy. It was a relief to overhear people and see other reviewers who didn't "get" it and claim it was a "hard" film. Individual moments are great but as a whole it doesn't hang together. Often it feels self indulgent and lacks any control, this should be a good thing but sometimes artists need to be told what isn't working.

Earlier this week after seeing A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence I wondered if that material would be better suited to a series of short films rather than a feature. Despite that, Pigeon held my interest throughout in a way 8½ just couldn't.

Perhaps seeing it in a fresher state rather than at the end of a difficult week (or even just a second time) my thoughts would be different but on this viewing was a disappointment.

June 07, 2015 at 09:28AM

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