Giulietta degli Spiriti (1965)

Giulietta degli Spiriti (1965, ITA/FRA/GER) C-137m. *** D: Federico Fellini. Starring Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese, Valeska Gert, Sylva Koscina, George Ardisson, Marilù Tolo. Marvelous surreal drama (some call it fantasy) about aging Masina's growing suspicion that her husband Pisu is cheating on her. She dreams herself / finds herself drawn into a fantasy world, where the weirdest of people influence her. Brilliantly directed, visually astounding delight by one of cinema's most extravagant auteurs. Fellini's images are at times bizarre, eerie, beautiful and even haunting. Stunning art direction / set decoration, outré costumes add to film's uniqueness. This was Fellini's first color movie and it shows in his playful experimenting with what becomes possible. Score by Nino Rota (directed by Carlo Savina). The director went on to make HISTOIRES EXTRAORDINAIRES (1968); the project he focused on in between (circa 1965-1967, screenplay titled Il Viaggio di G. Mastorna) was unfortunately never realized; it could have marked another highpoint in Fellini's dealing with the supernatural. English title: JULIET OF THE SPIRITS.


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