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Juliet of the Spirits

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Director: Federico Fellini
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1965
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Juliet of the Spirits

A journey of self discovery and dreams unfulfilled.

  • Oct 2, 2009
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Juliet of the Spirits stars Giulietta Masina as Juliet, a middle aged housewife who's life changes after attending a seance with some friends.  She slowly opens up herself to the spirits of the past who want her to live life to it's fullest (except the one of her deceased childhood friend who haunts her with her guilt of her teenage suicide).  Juliet is also under the strong grip of her mother who still controls her life and her philandering husband who often lives her all alone with her two maids who have become her closest friends and confidants.  But the spirits come to her and there appearance slowly drives Juliet mad or do they?  What kind of message are they really trying to tell her.  Instead of being a realist she tries to hide from reality by creating a fantasy life but it's often shrouded in horror as the spirits interrupt them trying to get her to face life and become free. 

A technicolor marvel that's beautifully photographed and directed.  Fellini has brought out some hypnotic and stunning surrealistic beauty to this film.  Eat your heart out David Lynch because you can't top the imagery found in this film.  A dark comedy fantasy that's an acquired taste.  Most of you might be bored by it's slow beginning and other will definitely appreciate the build up and will be in for fun picture.  Guiietta Masina is perfect as Juliet in her role that seems to be sort of autobiographical.  She pours every ounce of her soul in the role.  A must see for any Fellini fan or those who enjoy surrealistic art films.

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