Ok, I think this is my favorite movie of all time. This goes back to what I was saying a few pages ago about the importance of silence and how it's often underappreciated. The opening scene is my favorite scene ever shot. What it did for me is most likely different from Fellini's intentions, I'm not sure. I got the feeling of being surrounded by the impersonal side of people and the pressures of dealing with them. They poke away at you persistently as you try to escape those pressures... as he is evidently trying to escape from something... which culminates in the iconic scene where the guy on the shore pulls the rope as Mastroianni goes flying down towards the ocean. The entire experience of this film is like a dream, and I'm most captivated by this quality in others like La Dolce Vita (my second favorite of his). It's a movie that remains fresh every time you watch it. There is a lot to take in, and it's always a treat to go into it and notice or look at something in a new way.
10/10, a rare one. Perfect.
it does look a bit fake, but I was admittedly disturbed by it nonetheless. The Beyond was much better to me the second time I saw it, which was two days ago. The scenes with the blind girl were undoubtedly the creepiest. He really masters a disturbing atmosphere that has gotten my attention. I do love the scene where the blind girl runs out of the house into the woods, and it's repeated but quieter, and from different angles. For some reason, that part moved me the most even though it was brief.