In my fantasy, there would be a sellout crowd lining up to see this masterpiece of cinematic invention, while the mindless labor-intensive exercise on Wabash went virtually ignored.
Although Fellini did not pack the house, thank goodness the Siskel Center at least had a respectable showing.....
I assumed that the Transformer toys lost their "coolness" a while ago. Were young adults being courted by movie companies to play on their nostalgia for their toys? I now know that Transformers never really went out of fashion.
I, too, am susceptible to the allure of a location shoot in my home town, of the awesomeness of seeing the streets and bridges you cross every day being blown up, courtesy of the relative safety of the Special Effects and Art departments.
Not every movie can be (or should be) as rich as this by Fellini; I only want there to be something in between to capture undernourished modern filmgoers and to prepare them for the artistic feast of an "8-1/2", a film which offers so much that it's disappearance from popular culture is almost obscene.
Last year's musical film "Nine", which was inspired by "8-1/2", was so reviled and misunderstood, that it did not help expose a new generation of filmgoers to Fellini; rather, the critics succeeded in alienating potential Fellini-philes.
In "8-1/2", Guido Anselmi, a world-famous director, is poised to create his next film...and despite the skeptical scrutiny of his public, the urging of his cast and crew, the prodding of his co-writer, and his ever-present fantasies he seeks for inspiration, he finds that he has nothing to say.
"8-1/2" (and "Nine") inspired me....