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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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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.
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actor: Giulietta Masina as Giulietta Boldrini
character: Suzy by Sandra Milo
i was afraid. still it was beautiful
I thoroughly dislike Fellini; I guess I just suck at life. Here's hoping this will be the last of his films I willingly subject myself too! Giulietta Masina was charming as heck, though! (I can't help wondering why such an apparently nice person was married to someone so...insufferable.) If anyone else had played the lead, I'd have never finished watching.
I can’t say that I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Federico Fellini, though that would sound more familiar and maybe make more sense. What I’ve had is more of a get-don’t get relationship with him as I’ve come to his films over the past more than a decade. But such a major figure in World Cinema, Fellini still draws me to his films, the major films I haven’t seen (but have had queued for forever.)
Juliet of the Spirits is perhaps the first of Fellini’s films that I’ve like right off the bat. In fact, I think I liked it more than any of his other films I’ve seen, I Vitelloni (1953), La Dolce Vita (1960), 8 1/2 (1963), or…
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Looks like a lot of work
Synopsis: Juliet (Giulietta) is an Italian housewife who suspects that her husband is unfaithful but is unable to face up to it fully. Prone to daydreaming and fascinated by sances and spiritism, she begins to open up to the possibilities of life when she meets Suzy, her colorful, sexually liberated neighbor.
Federico Fellini deliberately conceived of his first color film, Juliet of the Spirits (1965), as the second half of a diptych that includes 8 1/2 (1963). This time, however, it depicts the wife's rather than the unfaithful husband's point of view. Underlying structural parallels between the two films abound: both involve the eruption of dreams into daily life, the revisiting of…
A handful of nice ideas can't keep this from being one of my largest disappointments of the year. Not even Nino Rota and Giulietta Masina could really light this thing for me. How totally disappointing.
As I've worked my way through Fellini's catalogue (starting with La Strada and now up through Juliet of the Spirits), it has become apparent that I'm watching a director who feels less and less restrained by the limitations of conventional narrative. Elements of surrealism exist in most of Fellini's work, but with 8 1/2 and now Juliet of the Spirits, things have progressed to the point that what you see on screen is really a patchwork reality weaving elements of Fellini's life and imagination into the narrative of the film. He has now thrown off all constraints and dove headfirst into a pure expression of whatever is on his mind. Someone of his audacity and talent is capable of reaching…
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