Fellini 100
Screening Dates
  • June 24, 2021 8:40
  • June 27, 2021 3:00
  • June 28, 2021 7:00
New Restoration

The tumultuous succession of strange and beautiful images binds us in a spell as mysterious as that of a poem or a concerto.”

Pierre Leprohon, The Italian Cinema

Fellini the Fantasist shifts into stylistic overdrive in the eye-popping Juliet of the Spirits, the maestro’s follow-up to the fabulous , and his first feature in colour. Often described as the feminine version of , the film stars Giulietta Masina as titular Juliet, well-off but lonely wife of neglectful husband Giorgio (Mario Pisu). Like Guido in , Juliet escapes from an unpleasant external reality — here, the discovery of her husband’s infidelity — by withdrawing into a rich interior world of memories, fears, and dreams. Fellini’s chic, hallucinatory feast-for-the-eyes abounds in ravishing colours and spectacular sets and costumes. The cinema is the unique and perfect tool to explore with precision the inner landscapes of the human being,” Fellini said of his intentions. I’ve always wanted to do an extrasensorial tale, born entirely of the imagination. This is it.”

A classic of fantasy, theatricality, and sensuality.”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

It could lay justifiable claim to being Fellini’s best.”

Georges Sadoul, Dictionary of Films
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