The Explorations of Structure Essay

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Since the inception of the motion picture, business has served as the primary influence on the entertainment industry. Although film allows for freedom and experimentation within storytelling techniques, the classical Hollywood cinema style emerged as the front runner of cinema; it told a story, it made money, and it entertained. However, this became stagnant and formulaic, artists not only wanted to entertain, but to provoke and inspire viewers. This mindset is what inspired cinematic innovation within the post-war period— art movements such as the French New Wave and Italian neo-realism emerged. Filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard rejected the traditional conventions of cinematography, editing and structure and chose to create their own.…show more content…
Just as 8½ is self-reflexive with its character, the title references nothing within the plot but instead the amount of films that Fellini directed leading up to 8½. The title itself encapsulates the film— it’s incomplete, similar to Guido’s film, but also creates ambiguity and curiosity, leaving viewers pondering the true purpose. The first scene of 8½ captures the structure of the rest of the film. As Guido sits in his car during a traffic jam, smoke begins to fill the car and he is unable to get out as his friends and co-workers stare at him from surrounding cars. All of a sudden, he is floating above the car and flying out to sky— only to find himself tethered like a kite, with his manic producer demanding that he return to the ground. This scene is not only an incredible hook to the film, but can be interpreted as the basis for the overall structure of the film; when Guido is trapped, he retreats to his dreamland only to discover that he can’t fully appreciate it. Just as the first scene depicts Guido’s dream, its told in the same manner as the rest of the film, with fantasies, memories and reality all blending into one another seamlessly. Although Guido’s stream of consciousness can come off random, Fellini carefully crafted it to create distinct parallels about Guido. Guido is a walking contradiction, wanting one thing but instantly regretting it after. Earlier in
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