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Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

Giulietta degli spiriti (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 3 November 1965 (USA)
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Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband.

Director:

Federico Fellini

Writers:

Federico Fellini (story), Tullio Pinelli (story) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giulietta Masina ... Giulietta Boldrini
Sandra Milo ... Susy / Iris / Fanny
Mario Pisu Mario Pisu ... Giorgio (Giulietta's husband)
Valentina Cortese ... Valentina
Valeska Gert ... Pijma
José Luis de Vilallonga ... Giorgio's friend (as José De Villalonga)
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Medium (as Fredrich Ledebur)
Caterina Boratto ... Giulietta's mother
Lou Gilbert Lou Gilbert ... Grandfather
Luisa Della Noce Luisa Della Noce ... Adele
Silvana Jachino ... Dolores
Milena Vukotic ... Elisabetta, the maid / Saint (as Milena Vucotic)
Fred Williams ... Lynx-Eyes' agent
Dany París Dany París ... Desperate friend
Anne Francine ... Psychodramatist
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Storyline

Juliet lives in a beautiful house by the ocean. Her sisters, and especially her Mother overshadow her with their beauty. She is a spiritual, superstitious and naive woman. She visits a psychic seer who tells her she must follow the sex trade in order to be happy. Not long after she meets her eccentric and sexy neighbour, Suzy, who, by all counts appears to be a high class prostitute and encourages Juilet into sexual acts which make her guilty and nervous. A rare night when her husband is at home she wakes up to catch him talking to another woman on the phone. He calls out the name "Gabriella" while sleeping, but when she questions him he lies his way out of it. She finds out who Gabriella is and fears her husband will leave her. Juliet begins having visions who accuse and terrorize her. The pinnacle of the visions comes at the end where it is implied she realizes she would be better off without her husband and is ultimately emotionally emancipated. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Fellini's Masterpiece ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Director Federico Fellini claimed he took LSD in preparation for making this film. See more »

Quotes

Giorgio's friend: "No one understood the perfume of the dark magnolia of your womb. No one knew you tormented a hummingbird of love between your teeth." You love Lorca's poetry, right? Destiny plays some strange games. I was in Madrid and I didn't want to leave because of a foreboding. Now I am happy to be here. There's nothing to life if you take away nights like this one. I owe you a happy moment and hope it won't be the last.
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35mm restoration, brilliant in color and Fellini style.
9 August 2001 | by mramsaySee all my reviews

This is the first Fellini movie I ever saw and I just recently viewed the 35mm restored re-release. How beautiful. Fellini captures such wonderful dream-like sequences in brilliant color. Phenomenal! Every scene had such a distinct personality and mood to it. His blend of high and low key lighting, especially in the exposition carries the storyline. Giulietta's associated score is disturbing yet intriguing. The wardrobe and makeup department must have had lots of fun on this film. If you have yet to see a Fellini movie, I suggest this one. A bit creepy, a bit weird, but nonetheless it has a purpose. A tight narrative.


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Italy | France

Language:

Italian | French | Spanish | English

Release Date:

3 November 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,524, 17 June 2001

Gross USA:

$78,550
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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