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Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Giulietta Boldrini
... Susy / Iris / Fanny
Mario Pisu ... Giorgio (Giulietta's husband)
... Valentina
... Pijma
... Giorgio's friend (as José De Villalonga)
... Medium (as Fredrich Ledebur)
... Giulietta's mother
Lou Gilbert ... Grandfather
Luisa Della Noce ... Adele
Silvana Jachino ... Dolores
... Elisabetta, the maid / Saint (as Milena Vucotic)
... Lynx-Eyes' agent
Dany París ... Desperate friend
... Psychodramatist
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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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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€1,908 (Italy), 22 June 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,524, 15 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$78,550, 5 August 2001
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Federico Fellini's first full-color feature. See more »

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Giorgio: Jose owns one of the biggest bull farms. Sometimes at night this madman puts on his own bullfight.
Giulietta Boldrini: What courage! Isn't it dangerous?
Giorgio's friend: No, signora, it's poetry. Poetry is never dangerous. My best friends are toreadors. They compose music, write verse, and abhor blood.
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Unique to the medium
6 April 2005 | by See 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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