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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.

Director:

Federico Fellini

Writers:

Federico Fellini (story), Tullio Pinelli (story) | 4 more credits »

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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 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:

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Certificate:

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Release Date:

3 November 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #149. See more »

Quotes

Giulietta Boldrini: I don't care about the clemency you offer me but the salvation of my soul.
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8 1/2 In Drag
12 December 2007 | by loganx-2See all my reviews

Really sort of the female counter part to 8 1/2, It had the same sort of dream/memory/fantasy narrative, and the same sprawling dialogue and humor, the biggest difference was this was about relationships and sexual repression and freedom, had a female lead and was in technicolor, which Fellini really makes great use of, it adds a kelidoscopic psychedelic feel to the whole movie. There really are some amazing visuals and all the dialoge is superb. Though I guess its not so much a female 8 1/2 as it is a caricature of a marriage during the sexual revolution , but it's still a funny and poignant one. Great performances and memory dialog; the sexual revolution as a circus.


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