Juliet of the Spirits
Federico Fellini’s first feature-length brush with color, Juliet of the Spirits (1965), is a frenetic kaleidoscope of mysticism and sexual desire. The film is perhaps the best example of the director’s signature surreal sensibilities, which really blossomed after 8 ½ (1963). The phantasmic technicolor cinematography, dazzling sets, and flashy costumes gush with an exuberance that has come to be associated with the Italian director, who spearheaded the post-neorealist fantasy subgenre in Italy. The film follows Giulietta (Giulietta Masina, Fellini’s wife and muse), a middle-aged woman who suspects her husband Giorgio (Mario Pisu) is having an affair. She decides to use spirituality and parapsychology to gain independence, engaging more and more enthusiastically with her fantastical surroundings throughout the film.
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