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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 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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In 1964, it was announced that Marcello Mastroianni and singer Anna Maria Alberghetti would be starring opposite Giulietta Masina. See more »

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Giorgio's friend: Water. When I need something absolutely pure, something sincere, I always ask for water. Simple things are so important in life. Things that don't conceal something else. Water is like a sincere glance that conceals nothing. Don't be afraid of the truth. The truth sets us free. After all, who cares about other people's opinions? In my country there's a saying : "I am my own roof, window and hearth. I feed upon my words and drink from my thoughts. Therefore I am happy."
Giulietta Boldrini: Are you real, yes or no? ...
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6 April 2005 | by CitizenDainSee all my reviews

This film by Fellini is basically the female version of 8 1/2. Instead of delving into the mind of a middle-aged Italian man dealing with problems with his wife and trying to figure out who he really is, it is about a middle-aged Italian woman dealing with problems with her cheating husband and trying to figure out who she really is. (I still can't decide who I like more as a lead in a Fellini film... Masina or Mastroianni.) The film is very enjoyable, and is definitely one of the films I would classify as a work of art. The one thing that really stands out to me, however, is this: It could only exist as a film. Most films are adapted from previously written novels, or at the very least can suffer the indignation of a "novelization" without losing the quality of the story. But I cannot fathom any way a writer could capture this film with words. It is very visual, but could not be painted or drawn either. I think this is one of the few films I've seen that is completely unique to the medium of film. Towards the end of the film, there is a scene where she is trying to avoid voices and images around her while hosting a party. It was at this point that I realized how perfectly every shot was set-up, and that there would be no way anyone could capture the feeling or the images with words.

I would be extremely fascinated to see what the shooting script to this film looked like. It's the fifth Fellini film I've seen, and I must say, I think I can call him my favorite director. He's the only director whom I've been enthralled by every single film I've seen of his. He has a perfect record, 1.000% batting average so far with me. I'm going to keep seeing more, and hopefully I won't ever be disappointed.


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Italy | France

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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

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1.85 : 1
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