Movies that are slightly off.
Juliet of the Spirits
Fellini's Masterpiece !
Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband.
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Criterion Collection - #149
Review In A Nutshell:
Juliet of the Spirits is the story of a woman who suspects that her husband may be having an affair.
The film featured a strong premise but sadly its plot and direction was a bit of a mess. The film's story explores ideas of infidelity, which was the main key that kept me engaged throughout; scenes are delivered to emphasise this but Federico Fellini, the director, restrains it too heavily and instead pushed forward the protagonist's psychological and spiritual conundrums. I am all for a deep character study but for me to engage a film in that way, the film's story should be much simpler and letting the film's…
#4 of 100 in my Top 100 Directors Challenge
What a letdown. I absolutely loved Giulietta Masina in "Nights of Cabiria." I've enjoyed Federico Fellini's later films in color, especially "Roma" and "Amarcord." I noted that this picture won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film. I also read the cover of the Criterion Collection DVD that indicated the director's very first Technicolor film was a "hallucinatory journey of self-discovery," making me think of the drug mantra of the Sixties: tune in, turn on, drop out. But no ... none of that.
In fact, this is a perfect example of Fellini's hubris at its most extravagant -- a manifestation of his self-indulgence brought on by the success of 1963's…
Behind me now stand Fellini’s most lofty pictures of the 60’s and I’m still relishing the time I have left in the Italian dreamer’s mind. Giulietta degli Spiriti is perhaps the most symbolic and idiosyncratic example of his mind and probably of all Fellini features – and, believe me, that is saying a lot (some of his later works are truly bonkers).
For that straightforward reason I don’t really get why so many cinephiles, including and even especially fans of Fellini, don’t consider this a fine motion-picture. Is it not one of the most prolific films Fellini produced?
It is rather impossible to contradict that, for Giulietta degli Spiriti is teeming with cyphers, quirkiness and unconventionalities: falcon statues with breasts,…
Happy Belated Frederico.
What a beautifully manic film. Lending to his background in the circus, Fellini is the master of colorful, audacious worlds, and Giulietta degli spiriti, is perhaps his highest achievement in that regard. Focusing on a housewife's slowly shattering world, Fellini's story is vivid and enthralling. Liberated by her next door neighbor, Giulietta slowly becomes aware of her previously unseen surroundings, some of which are based in reality, and others that are specters of the past.
Oh, how I love Giulietta Masina.
"Such a good little housewife".
Fellini didn't need color but it appears that color needed Fellini - match made in Heaven. Seeing his debut in these new shades is a cinematic treat especially since the plot and themes seem kin to his most popular pictures.
When a devoted wife (Masina) begins to suspect her husband is being unfaithful, her mind begins to work overtime. For help, she begins inviting everyone into her personal life from private detectives to lurking spirits. Then, she begins to crumble on the inside while maintaining her composure on the outside. Masina, once again, shines as the vulnerable yet strong willed centerpiece to a dominated relationship. Her drive to find…
As I hit the computer keyboard, I am both gobsmacked and apologetic. Every key-tap is shamefully mortifying; every spacebar is unnerving; and every glance at the screen is daunting - and the big reveal is yet to surface. It beckons with each dragging line of words. It's all too irrelevant. Can't it stay a secret? Is it need to be said? Again, this is irrelevant. What's a review without the open hush-hush? It has to be said.
I have now entered the world of Federico Fellini.
Mystical delight in every sense.
2011/12. I dnt remember much of it. I remember the colors & the actress.
Com a sensibilidade circense de Fellini, segue-se um olhar triste e cômico sobre as prisões internas e os mistérios do pecado e paixão.
Beautiful visuals and I love the surrealism but too messy and exhausting to really love.
How Juliet of the Spirits Got Her Groove Back
I loved the music in this so much. The total time I spent with my eyebrows raised during this is probably a new personal record.
Giuletta de los espiritus
Desbordanto imaginario del mundo de Fellini.
At first it was difficult (at least to me) to understand what it was about, but eventually I think I understood it. Visual, psychedelic, surrealistic. Beautiful, confusing film that was unfortunately too long, I think.
May have to see again at some point, but left me a bit on the cold side. Somehow, the more fantastical Fellini gets, the more I don't find myself connecting as much as when his films dealt with things more realistically while making room for the festive.
Fellini is a god, yet I'm still certain this film wouldn't make as much of an impact as it does if Giulietta Masina wasn't the star. She's the epitome of a muse. All roads of inspiration travel through her presence. What an unforgettable face.
The gag here is I'm gonna be writing the same exact review for Nights of Cabiria and La Strada. b/c it's TRUE w/her.
This expression of womanhood, reclaiming one's beauty through spiritual awakening is damn near untouchable. The subtle ways of hiding Juliet's face in the opening, and throughout the film. Either w/obstructions or shadows. It's the perfect obstacle to witness how introverted she became to her "first love". The subtle torment of stringing her along…
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