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Juliet of the Spirits (Widescreen) (The Criterion Collection)

Giulietta Masina , Sandra Milo , Federico Fellini    Unrated   DVD
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Cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo's masterful use of Technicolor transforms Juliet of the Spirits, Fellini's first color feature, into a kaleidoscope of dreams, spirits, and memories. Giulietta Masina plays a betrayed wife whose inability to come to terms with reality leads her along a hallucinatory journey of self-discovery. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the fully restored version of one of Fellini's most dazzling dreams.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Who Doesn't Daydream...? Sept. 17 2003
....It's a Fellini Cine, babes!
I was--like I have been while watching other foriegn films--put off initially by the seemingly incongruous little snippets of music and visuals. I mean, couldn't those Europeans make a movie that flowed better? Jeez! I open my mind, watched it a few times and came to these conclusions. First, Giulietta, the actress, must have been a bit off to have done this apparently semi-real story abouat a middle aged woman married to a famous director who she suspects is having an affair. I mean, she was married to Fellini when this was produced. Second, albeit the digital reprocessing has made the cinema more vivid and the costuming more striking, the women more sexier, it showed it's date. When Juliet goes to confront the lady about l'affair, she should have kick the B*'s tail. That probably would have been the response for a character in a current day movie. Third, in an odd sort of way, it all but helps a more modern Eyes Wide Open to make some kind of sense. I mean, who can say how we will respond when a whiff of infidelity comes into our relationships, our lives? Juliet's response were these visions. Some of these were from her far away youth. Some just were pure Fellini bacchanalia. Tom Cruise in Eyes was thinking well, if my wife can *think* it, well, I can just *do* it and be one up on her. It starts for Tom as 'getting even', but it corrodes into something else that he had no control over. (I always say we are forever one step from a huge disaster and we don't know it....) We see Juliet almost giving into her urges with the pretty Latin kid who she meets at her neighbor's...but something just doesn't feel right.
And so, that's what this film is about. What we go thru when we suspect something or hear some painful news. We have the brilliant Guilietta Masina and the surreal Fellini to thank for giving these emotions some sort of form..
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I saw this movie on the Sundance Channel and thought of it as fascinating as Guilietta goes through these hallucinating fantasies of what to do when she learns of her husband's affair with a model. The cinematography of the movie leads the viewer as to what is happening when a wife discovers her husband's infidelity. She goes back into her childhood detailing accounts of her grandfather's affair with a dancer and how it affected the family and the community. Guilietta visits an eccentric and flamboyant neighbor and is drawn and fascinated by the way she lives but realizes that this isn't her kind of lifestyle. She does go to the model's apartment to confront the woman but doesn't find her there but does have a telephone conversation with her. Guilietta must decide whether to stay married to a man who neglects her or live a life of her own.
I never knew about Federico Fellini until I heard of his death nine years ago. I recently seen a movie he directed where his wife played a prostitute looking for love. He has a unique style of directing movies to express emotions of is characters and what is happening around them. His movies are a treasured classic among viewers around the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FELLINI'S BEST FILM? April 18 2002
Federico Fellini's films often reflected an enticing and disturbing dreamworld. "JULIET OF THE SPIRITS" is his first color film and it is a delight to see the bright, vivid colors again. All previous existing prints on tape were deplorable transfers.
Simply put, the story focuses on a wealthy Italian housewife in her 30s and the interior metamorphosis she undergoes as she experiences the passages, events and changes in her life, most notably her husband's unfaithfulness. A husband she loves. No words can do justice to the stunning visuals -- cinematography, costumes and production design.
Many film buffs consider this Fellini's best film -- even better than his autobiographical "81/2" -- a film that is in many ways the psychological flip side of "Juliet."
Fellini was one of only a handful of world class filmmakers that was fully actualized as an artist. He could not only break the rules, but make new ones. And no one excelled better than he in visualizing an elliptical, ephemeral dreamstate that still speaks to our deepest feelings in a unique and fresh style.
Nina Rota's fantastical score raises the intensity of the images and nuances the fleeting emotions. See this great movie for the first time and discover a genius and humanist who painted with light.
Thanks to Criterion for continuing the tradition of gathering the greatest films from the finest filmmakers around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Transfer! Feb. 16 2003
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Juliet of the Spirits, Fellini's first film in color, is one of his most surreal. Giulietta Masina plays Juliet, a meek bourgeois housewife haunted by various "spirits," each with its own psychological agenda. Ultimately the film is life affirming, presenting a longing but repressed sexuality and its crises with childhood memories and psychic yearnings.
This film is very special to me because it was my first encounter with Fellini's cinema. When I found out Criterion has released it, I had to buy it. The transfer is simply unbelievable! The film's restoration makes it look completely new. This is not the Juliet of the Spirits I watched on VHS.
There is only one extra feature accompanying this DVD--"Familiar Spirits," a 20-minute talk between Fellini and Ian Dallas, the Brit who played the magician/psychic in 8 1/2.
A great film in a great Criterion presentation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Fellini's best films
I started watching Fellini films as a young teen, seeing the older ones in the revival theatres, and eagerly anticipating his newest films. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2003 by Richard H Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Filmed Nonsense
While I admire the cinematic beauty of "Nights of Cabiria" and even its plot (as threadbare as it is, it's still good fun), by the time Fellini got to Juliet of the Spirits, he had... Read more
Published on March 13 2003 by Interplanetary Funksmanship
4.0 out of 5 stars The 32 pack of crayons.
Having never seen any of Fellini's films I didn't know what to expect from this. I don't have much to say on the themes presented in this film because I am not going to pretend to... Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2002 by Michel Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning!...¡Advertencia!
A friendly warning for Europe travellers or residents: do not buy the DVD version of this movie, available in Spain, no matter how much it costs. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!! Juliet as Fellini Made It!
With this new DVD from Criterion, Fellini film lovers can finally see his first color film as the Italian Master of the Skewed Point of View filmed it. Read more
Published on March 15 2002 by L. Donald Bartholomew
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Fellini's!
My five stars are not for the DVD transfer wich I haven't seen yet but for the importance of this film. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2002 by S. C. Rocha
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