At the height of his critical enshrinement after hitting the
jackpot with "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan," Woody Allen attempted
his own version of Fellini’s "8 1/2," about a filmmaker who
re-examines his life and loves at a fan-filled retrospective of his works. It
was roundly rejected by critics and audiences as a misjudged, cynical muddle of
pretension and narcissism. Overlooked was the fact that this intensely personal
(as opposed to autobiographical) project was and remains one of Allen’s most
profound and lasting achievements, and one of his own favorites among his films.
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