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Juliet Of The Spirits [DVD] [1965]

Giulietta Masina , Mario Pisu , Federico Fellini    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Giulietta Masina, Mario Pisu
  • Directors: Federico Fellini
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Nouveaux
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2012
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WL8Z0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,064 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Fellini's first full length colour feature is a joyous and stunning cinematic classic. Giulietta Masina (Fellini's real life wife) gives a superb performance as the bored, timid, frumpy and ultimately unfulfilled housewife who suspects her husband is being unfaithful. In an effort to escape the hurtful reality of her situation she enters a surreal fantasy world of her own by conjuring up spirits who lead her into a world of sensual pleasure.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Fellini 10 Jan 2008
By Mencius
Format:DVD
This flamboyant film may be the most "felliniesque" of them all. In a partly autobiographical story, Giulietta (Fellinis real life wife, Giluetta Masina) reacts to her husbands adultery by entering a surreal dreamworld. Guided by spirits she struggles to cope with visions of beauty, lust, childhood images and the fear of God.

There are so many striking images in this film as it moves enchantingly forward accompanied by Nino Rota's music. It has the poignancy and thoughtfulness of 8 1/2 and the off-beat atmosphere of Satyricon. A must see for any Fellini fan.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fellini at his finest 7 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this as a re-release in the cinema last year, and fell in love with it from that moment. It is a deeply moving and profound film which traces the abandonment of Giulietta by her husband and her search for a new meaning in life. Giulietta Masina (Fellini's off-screen wife) is magnificent, with great subtlety and humanity. Fellini's amazing imagination is at its best and one is instantly struck by the vivid colours and images used as ghosts from the past and present come to haunt Giulietta - as the barrier between reality and dreams is slowly broken.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fellini's Fallen Angel..... 3 Feb 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Incredibly beautiful this film is, Fellini's first use of colour results in some of the best use of it ever committed to celluloid. With striking design and chic outfits to die for. Unbelievable hats. A witty and playful score, full of 60's European eccentricity.

Many scenes are wonderfully conceived and made. Much is sexy - and fun. Fellini himself described "Guiletta of the Spirits" as a 'fairy tale for adults'.

However, all of it is one long (I mean over-long long), narrative-free zone, a mishmash of supposedly Guilletta Masina's (Fellini's wife and long standing lead in many of his films) dreams and fantasies.

She, as the overlooked wife of husband, played by Mario Pisu, who incidentally played Fellini in the previous film, the autobiographical 8 and a half, finds herself bored, becoming frumpy and unloved. Her friends are younger, sexually active and liberated and she, naturally is envious and frustrated.

The actual events of Guilletta's life and her friendship get ever more blurred into fantasy and as the film progresses, this turns into either a self-indulgent slurry of incomprehensible images or dreams of utter beauty and imagination, depending on where your viewpoint stands - and indeed, where the film veers you.

The thoughts and fantasies aren't all pleasant and dreamy; paranoid delusions appearing and telling her (the "Spirits" of the title, perhaps) that her husband is cheating on her and that her comfortable life is no longer quite so. Guilletta's acting in previous films had been outstanding, making them unforgettable and truly great. I'm not saying her acting skills are diminished in this, just that it's swamped by all the over-the-top sets and scenes that focus on the fantasy and not her.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fellinis masterpiece 7 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
Juliet lives in a beautiful house by the ocean. Her sisters, and especially her Mother overshadow her with their beauty. She is a spiritual, superstious 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 terrorise her. The pinnacle of the visions comes at the end where it is implied she realises she would be better off without her husband and is ultimately emotionally emancipated
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