"Juliet Of The Spirits" Is Released
Juliet of the Spirits (Italian: Giulietta degli spiriti) is a 1965 surrealist drama film about an Italian housewife, directed by Federico Fellini.
It was Fellini's first feature-length color film, following its use in his "Temptation of Doctor Antonio" in the portmanteau film Boccaccio '70 (1962). Juliet of the Spirits won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
Made in 1965, around the time the term psychedelia was coined to describe a luminous Day-Glo vision of the world, Federico Fellini's phantasmagoric "Juliet of the Spirits" was the Italian master's first color film. Fellini went deliriously and brilliantly bananas with the color to create a rollicking through-the-looking-glass series of tableaus evoking a woman's troubled psyche. These sequences are a zany, surreal jumble of Freudian, Jungian and pagan symbolism segued into a 145-minute head trip. Although the head being explored is a woman's and the movie has been described as the female counterpart of Fellini's "8 1/2," the fantasies being enacted are still Fellini's sexual obsessions but embellished with feminine frills. -- Stephen Holden , The New York Times