CR Club: Exclusive screening of Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 at BFI

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As part of our subscribers only membership scheme, CR Club, we’ve partnered with the British Film Institute to offer free tickets to a private showing of Federico Fellini’s 1963 classic, 8½, ahead of a re-release of the film this summer.

8½ combines autobiography, fantasy, satire and self-critique. It tells the story of an Italian filmmaker (widely accepted as Fellini’s alter ego), who is struggling to create a follow-up to a recent hit and retreats into a dream world to avoid being harrassed by his wife, mistress and the film industry. Shot in black-and-white by cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo, it features a soundtrack by Nino Rota with costume and set designs by Piero Gherardi, and was named one of the 10 best films of all time in the BFI’s Sight & Sound journal in 2012.

“Blending surreal visions with reality, this visually stunning film offers a unique and often humorous portrayal of a restless artist, battling with his past and the distractions of the present. The sheer scale and extravagant ambition of the film, from its baroque sets to its huge cast of characters, is a remarkable expression of Fellini’s vivid imagination,” says the BFI.

More than 50 years after its release, the film has been restored from the original negatives by Gaumont and Eclair and will be re-released in selected cinemas from May 1.

To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with the BFI to offer CR subscribers the chance to attend an exclusive pre-release private screening on Thursday April 30. The screening will take place at BFI, Stephen Street, London at 6pm and tickets are free, but will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For details or to register, click here.

Full price tickets are also available for the public showings of 8 ½, running from May 1 to May 28 – for more info or to book, see