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Genre: Drama

Duration: 138 Minutes

8 1/2

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Part of our Lives of Artists Film Talk Series!

Join Jeffrey Bender as we venture into the inner worlds of filmmakers, writers, musicians, dancers and painters in this six-film survey all about artists and their craft.

60th Anniversary!

#31 on the 2022 Sight and Sound Top 100 Films of All-Time poll.

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (1964)

Exhausted by his anxieties and his last box-office success, the famous Italian auteur Guido Anselmi finds himself with his back to the wall. Having lost hope in his latest in-the-making film, and for fear of becoming the laughingstock of the Italian film industry, Guido retreats to a peaceful spa town to rest and find inspiration. Instead, he can’t find a moment’s peace, as there, too, his inner circle of relatives and associates keep pestering him: his wife, his mistress, and his producer, who begs him to get the film made. Now, stuck in a persistent, seemingly perpetual creative rut, he can only find solace in the hazy realm of dreams. Can troubled Guido find his muse? Will the blocked director accept himself for what he is and find salvation?

Presented in Italian with English subtitles.

Jeffrey Bender

Jeffrey Bender has hosted a number of in-person and online Film Talks with the Westdale, most recently a three-film ‘select-rospective’ on the films of Wes Anderson and Memory Lane, a series of road-trip films from 1973. He joins us this fall to host the Lives of Artists, a selection of films about artistic talent and the creative process, as well as serving as one of the guest speakers for Noir-vember, featuring a survey of classic and contemporary film noir.