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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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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…
Every time the weird shit would pick up again (basically every other minute) I would wonder if I somehow fell asleep and missed something important. Nope. This film really is just that fucking bonkers.
Almost comparable to Chytilova's Daisies with the whole combination of feminism and glittery surrealism, but Juliet of the Spirits is a sprawling, seemingly endless work, whereas Daisies is as tightly packed as a film of such an alienatingly avant-garde persuasion can get. Ultimately, that's what any criticism I have boils down too: there's simply too much in Juliet to digest in one sitting. Fortunately, this is a complaint that sets me up nicely for a rewatch...
Oh and Giulietta Masina just became one of my favorite actresses.
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,…
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…
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.
Aside from being technically brilliant, Giulietta Degli Spiriti proved to be a very hard film to tackle. It is too much to digest in one viewing, which can be great for revisits, but this was also overlong and a bit far from my taste. Too quirky. I also felt that the point of the film was made clear too early, hurting especially the middle part of the film. Every time I felt something exciting was going to happen, it all just went down again into what we had already seen before.
But the film doesn't get three stars without reason. Even though I prefer the black and white visuals in La Dolce Vita and 8½, Fellini made a wise choice…
Lush, but endless. Enough of the lavish and absurd to keep me interested but there were times I almost started to get bored.
Perfectly alright. Masina soars. Colorful sets. Not much else to see here.
Lots of beautiful, fascinating images decorating pretense of profundity.
What a gorgeous film.
After reading Ebert's review, which describes the state of Fellini and Masina's marriage during filming, I hardly feel qualified to venture an interpretation of Juliet of the Spirits. I'm bummed I messed up and had this sent before the other Fellini films I plan on watching this month, as I have no way of comparing where this stands in his filmography. It's his first color film, and one that's accused of recycling his past themes. So perhaps I was lucky to have watched this out of order - I thought it was spectacular.
The neighbor Suzy (Sandra Milo) is the exact opposite of Giulietta. She is a free woman who never wants to marry. She has…
Marvelous and horrific. Fellini always embellishes his heroes with a warmth and humor that defies pretension.
Compare how good the color looks in this movie to how much "Blow Up" looks like ass. Like wtf?
Along with 8 1/2 and LA DOLCE VITA, this ranks as Fellini's most exuberant and phantasmagorical vision. Guilietta Massina provides a compelling female counterpart to Marcello in 8 1/2.
Short on plot, long on introspective character development through surrealistic memories and fantasies, Fellini's film lays it on a little too thick and long at times but the look of the dream sequences is amazing.
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