Juliet of the Spirits

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What 82 did for its bourgeois film-director hero, Juliet of the Spirits does for his female opposite number, a repressed, paranoid, bourgeois housewife (played, of course, by Fellini's wife). That's to say it's a gaudy, hyperbolic pageant, in which a 'reality' composed of séances, film-star neighbours, tyrannous relatives, and a large helping of Catholic guilt is gradually invaded by 'flashbacks' and 'fantasies'. The overall charm just about carries the glibness of the psychological payoff, and the way that different veins of imagery interlock gives the film a cogency that later Fellini has woefully lacked.

By: TR

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Duration: 145 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Federico Fellini
Screenwriter: Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi, Enio Flaiano
Cast: Giulietta Masina
Mario Pisu
Sandra Milo
Valentina Cortese
Caterina Boratto
Sylva Koscina
Lou Gilbert
Valeska Gert
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