8 1/2, Federico Fellini’s 1963 masterpiece — and Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film — did more than just make actor Marcello Mastroianni an international movie star. It made its director a legend. Already famous for the influential La Strada and La Dolce Vita, Fellini became a household name with this fictional, sensationalized account of a movie director facing writer’s block. The European film world is no more real than the Hollywood depicted in Vincente Minnelli’s The Bad and the Beautiful or Preston Sturges’s Sullivan’s Travels, but Fellini’s circus-like atmosphere and the haunting black-and-white images from master cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo give this movie a rare surreal, prickly quality. 8:30 p.m. (What a perfect time to show this film!) Domy, 1709 Westheimer. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit www.domystore.com. Free.

Thu., May 28, 8:30 p.m., 2009

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D.L. Groover has contributed to countless reputable publications including the Houston Press since 2003. His theater criticism has earned him a national award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) as well as three statewide Lone Star Press Awards for the same. He's co-author of the irreverent appreciation, Skeletons from the Opera Closet (St. Martin's Press), now in its fourth printing.
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