Federico Fellini

Juliet of the Spirits

Juliet of the Spirits

Federico Fellini partnered with his wife and muse, actor Giulietta Masina, for this phantasmagoric character study, the director’s first color feature. Drawing on details from her personal life, Masina plays a woman dabbling in spiritualism whose hold on reality begins to slip when she learns that her husband is having an affair, sending her on a hallucinatory journey of self-discovery in which memories, dreams, and supernatural forces merge in a kaleidoscopic gestalt. With virtuosic cinematography from Gianni di Venanzo and a fearless lead performance by Masina, Juliet of the Spirits is one of Fellini’s most visionary films, an opposite number to that examines the director’s central preocuppations—sex and love, life and death, fantasy and reality—from a woman’s perspective.

Film Info

Special Features

  • New digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Familiar Spirits, a 19-minute interview with Fellini by Ian Dallas
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cover by Amy Hoisington and William Logan

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

Essential Fellini

Essential Fellini

Blu-Ray Box Set

15 Discs

$199.96

Special Features

  • New digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Familiar Spirits, a 19-minute interview with Fellini by Ian Dallas
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cover by Amy Hoisington and William Logan

Juliet of the Spirits
Cast
Giulietta Masina
Juliet
Sandra Milo
Suzy, Iris, Fanny
Mario Pisu
Giorgio
Valeska Gert
Bishma
Sylva Koscina
Sylva
Frederick Ledebur
Medium
Valentina Cortese
Valentina
José Luis de Villalonga
Giorgio’s friend
Caterina Boratto
Juliet's mother
Lou Gilbert
Grandfather
Luisa della Noce
Adele
Milena Vukotic
Elisabetta
Credits
Director
Federico Fellini
Original idea by
Federico Fellini
Original idea by
Tullio Pinelli
Screenplay
Federico Fellini
Screenplay
Tullio Pinelli
Screenplay
Ennio Flaiano
Screenplay
Brunello Rondi
Production and costume design
Piero Gherardi
Cinematography
Gianni Di Venanzo
Music
Nino Rota
Editing
Ruggero Mastroianni
Set decoration
Giantito Burchiellaro
Set decoration
Luciano Ricceri
Set decoration
E. Benazzi Taglietti
Makeup
Otello Fava
Makeup
Eligio Trani
Producer
Angelo Rizzoli Jr.

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Federico Fellini

Writer, Director

Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini

One of Italy’s great modern directors, Federico Fellini was a larger-than-life maestro who created an inimitable cinematic style combining surreal carnival with incisive social critique. While his most popular—and accessible—film, the darkly nostalgic childhood memoir Amarcord, is a great entryway into his oeuvre, , a collage of memories, dreams, and fantasies about a director’s artistic crisis, is perhaps his masterpiece. In his early career, Fellini was both a screenwriter for neorealist pioneer Roberto Rossellini and a newspaper caricaturist in postwar Rome, competing influences he would bring together with startling results. After such early works as I vitelloni, Fellini broke away from neorealism’s political strictures with the beloved La strada, and from there boldly explored his obsessions with the circus, societal decadence, spiritual redemption, and, most controversially, women, in such films as Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits, and And the Ship Sails On.