Photograph: Paul Ronald

  • Director

    Federico Fellini

  • With

    Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo

  • Italy 1963. 138min

  • Digital

  • Certificate

    15

  • English subtitles

Reflecting on his own artistic problems, Fellini responded by making this acclaimed study of a famous film director (Mastroianni) suffering creative block while trying to make a sci-fi epic; his complicated love life only adds to his uncertainty. Gianni Di Venanzo’s black-and-white cinematography effortlessly evokes the protagonist’s chaotic anxieties, while Nino Rota’s music lends coherence to an imaginatively sprawling narrative.

Also available on BFI Player.

The screening on Wednesday 16 March will be introduced by Miles Eady, BFI Cinema and Events.