Juliet of the Spirits (Federico Fellini, 1965, Italy)

7.6/10 IMDb, 79% Rotten Tomatoes

Again, it took me a little bit to understand what was going on and get a grasp on the storyline but it was much easier to follow along and understand than the last movie.

My thoughts (I’ve changed this category from just initial thoughts because it takes me a while to digest most movies): There is a lot going on in this movie. If I feel for the main characters, I enjoy the movie more, and I definitely empathized with Juliet. The movie starts with her about to celebrate her anniversary with her husband. She is excited and wants it to be perfect. And in walks her husband with 20 of their “closest” friends. She doesn’t complain. She is the people pleaser – from her husband, her mother, her sisters, her “friends”. It starts to wear on her and as she learns more about her life, she has trouble coping. She starts to hallucinate and not really know what is real anymore. She meets someone that symbolizes who she thinks she would like to be, but the grass isn’t always greener. I feel like since I am a people pleaser in recovery – lol – I understood her struggles. The actress, Giuiletta Masina, portrays her character wonderfully. She has such innocence and I felt moved by her journey.

Would I recommend this movie: Again, it is subtitled. So if you can get past that, then I would recommend it. Fellini was know as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of his time, so I thought it was exciting to finally see something he created. You might too.

Fun Fact: Giuiletta and Fellini were married during the production of this film and were married until he passed away. This film also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1966.

My Rating – 3.75/5

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