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The Meaning Behind the Scaffold Tower in

The Meaning Behind the Scaffold Tower in <em>8½</em>

An acclaimed production designer with a knack for creating lushly romantic and historically realistic settings, Inbal Weinberg began her career in the 2000s and has since worked on a number of visually dazzling films, including Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation and Dee Rees’s Pariah—both of which joined the Criterion Collection last summer. In recent years, her meticulous attention to detail has helped bring to life such aesthetically distinct movies as Luca Guadagnino’s brutalist nightmare Suspiria and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Grecian coastal drama The Lost Daughter.

Recently we spoke to Weinberg and asked her to choose a single scene from a movie in our collection that inspires her design work. She picked the iconic ending of 8½, Federico Fellini’s phantasmagorical ode to creative block. In this article—an edited version of our conversation—Weinberg explores the symbolic transformation of the towering structure the scene revolves around. —Beatrice Loayza


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