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Juliet Of The Spirits (The Criterion Collection) (1965)

Giulietta Masina , Sandra Milo , Federico Fellini  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese, Valeska Gert
  • Directors: Federico Fellini
  • Writers: Federico Fellini, Brunello Rondi, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli
  • Producers: Angelo Rizzoli, Clemente Fracassi, Henry Deutschmeister
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V6N6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,213 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Juliet Of The Spirits (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New digital transfer
  • New & improved English subtitle translation
  • Familiar Spirits, a 19-minute interview with Fellini by Ian Dallas

Editorial Reviews

Cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo's masterful use of Technicolor transforms Juliet of the Spirits, Fellini's first color feature, into a kaleidoscope of dreams, spirits, and memories. Giulietta Masina plays a betrayed wife whose inability to come to terms with reality leads her along a hallucinatory journey of self-discovery. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the fully restored version of one of Fellini's most dazzling dreams.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Giulietta is a wealthy, mousey Roman housewife who lives on the margins of her own supposed milieu. Dominated by her beautiful, haughty mother (who can barely tolerate her) and her tall and glamorous sisters, patronized by her rich ding-a-ling friends mostly because of her sympathetic nature (but secretly held in contempt by them for her lack of beauty), Giulietta hides instead in her perfect house with her servants--the only people she can really call her friends--and in her fantasies of her marriage to her jetsetting husband, who seems never to be around. As Giulietta comes to suspect what everyone else has known for years--that he is cheating in her--she simultaneously begins to be visited by spirits who seem to have something to tell her. But as she learns more of her husband's infidelities, and comes to examine the emptiness of her own life, Giulietta's spirits seem less like actual supernatural presences and more like manifestations of a descent into madness.

This is by no means Fellini's "best" film, but it is the one most people think of when they use the adjective "Felliniesque." The fantasy sequences, the striking use of color (particularly orange--this was his first color film, and he really went to town), the decadent Sixties fashions, and the gorgeous stauesque women who seem to have invaded from outer space: they're all here, and many of the sequences in this film have been parodied again and again. Its imitations come for a good reason: the film is utterly absolutely unforgettable. There are sequences in it that are as fine or as memorable as anything Fellini has ever done--particularly the great lawn party sequence, where Giulietta finally breaks down.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay transfer of a Great Film April 6, 2000
First let me say that I'm grateful to have a fairly decent rendition of one of my favorite films. This film epitomizes what came to be known as Felliniesque - a lavish subconscious "theme and varriations" on the subject of marriage, sensuality and guilt. It's also the film that makes the best use of color than any other I've seen. Because I've seen "Juliet" many times in theaters I can say with some authority that the DVD transfer lacks the sharpness and vivid color of the original. In general it's too dark and focus is soft. The biggest problem is the sound which is constantly out of sync by a quarter second (at least on my player). I know Fellini always post dubbed his voices but effects and music were always in sync. There is also a harshness to the sound and at times some distortion. On the plus side, the print had no scratches and with the exception of a few strange clipped transitions (noticible by the soundtrack) seems to be the complete film. I'd have to disagree with another reviewer here who says that much is missing. It's basically the same version remember seeing over the years. I live in the US though and perhaps there was a longer Europeon version. This is one of Fellini's most hallucinatory pictures. The combination of hyper-rich color and costume combined with Nino Rota's curious score make for a completely unique viewing experience.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Transfer! February 16, 2003
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Juliet of the Spirits, Fellini's first film in color, is one of his most surreal. Giulietta Masina plays Juliet, a meek bourgeois housewife haunted by various "spirits," each with its own psychological agenda. Ultimately the film is life affirming, presenting a longing but repressed sexuality and its crises with childhood memories and psychic yearnings.
This film is very special to me because it was my first encounter with Fellini's cinema. When I found out Criterion has released it, I had to buy it. The transfer is simply unbelievable! The film's restoration makes it look completely new. This is not the Juliet of the Spirits I watched on VHS.
There is only one extra feature accompanying this DVD--"Familiar Spirits," a 20-minute talk between Fellini and Ian Dallas, the Brit who played the magician/psychic in 8 1/2.
A great film in a great Criterion presentation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giulietta's Swan Song March 25, 1999
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Fellini's "Juliet of the Spirits" is perhaps his most beguiling. This, his first color film, garnered mixed reviews when it was first released, mainly because it was truly ahead of its time. Today, it is universally considered an outright classic. The film is a tribute to the magnificent Giulietta Masina and her haunting ability to blend pathos and near-pantomime. This film is about war--war against the forces of inner turmoil, despair, sexuality, and dependency. Juliet is the inviolate, loyal, desperate victim amid an absolutely crushing kaleidoscope of physical/spiritual entities. To watch this film with the eye of one who suffers and struggles to be free from interior demons is to feel the poetic mystery of Fellini's great lesson about life: need only yourself, don't fear happiness.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FELLINI'S BEST FILM? April 18, 2002
Federico Fellini's films often reflected an enticing and disturbing dreamworld. "JULIET OF THE SPIRITS" is his first color film and it is a delight to see the bright, vivid colors again. All previous existing prints on tape were deplorable transfers.
Simply put, the story focuses on a wealthy Italian housewife in her 30s and the interior metamorphosis she undergoes as she experiences the passages, events and changes in her life, most notably her husband's unfaithfulness. A husband she loves. No words can do justice to the stunning visuals -- cinematography, costumes and production design.
Many film buffs consider this Fellini's best film -- even better than his autobiographical "81/2" -- a film that is in many ways the psychological flip side of "Juliet."
Fellini was one of only a handful of world class filmmakers that was fully actualized as an artist. He could not only break the rules, but make new ones. And no one excelled better than he in visualizing an elliptical, ephemeral dreamstate that still speaks to our deepest feelings in a unique and fresh style.
Nina Rota's fantastical score raises the intensity of the images and nuances the fleeting emotions. See this great movie for the first time and discover a genius and humanist who painted with light.
Thanks to Criterion for continuing the tradition of gathering the greatest films from the finest filmmakers around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Felini masterpiece.
My favorite movie, ever.
Published 1 month ago by Sareexmcclaran
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Robert N McWaters
5.0 out of 5 stars A great actress
One of the many films by Fellini that are intriguing by his unique style and has a direct line to the heart. This film is about a woman who finds herself, has an epiphany. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Looking Closer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's been called Fellini's best, a stream of consciousness movie like...
It's been called Fellini's best, a stream of consciousness movie like Easy Rider or many others made in the sixties. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael B. Wiseman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars of Enchantment (but viewers should note the one-star...
I sat down to watch this film wondering if it was as good as I recall it being (I saw it about 10 times in the theatre), or if my memories would be based on little more than... Read more
Published 4 months ago by F. S. L'hoir
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
One of my favorite movies o all times. There will never be another Fellini and the characters are so memorial
Published 6 months ago by christine vota
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe my favorite film of all time
When this film came out in the sixties I was so taken with it I saw it about seven times while in the local theater on it's first run. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Peter Ashlock
5.0 out of 5 stars was looking for this movie for ever
was going crazy trying to find this movie since i saw it on TMC. so glad i found it......thanks for having it
Published 19 months ago by Francine L. Dalton
4.0 out of 5 stars One more Fellini FREAKSHOW..........
Or is it his first?
My understanding of Fellini's arc is a bit precarious, but what is unmistakable about this "Genius" is the fact that there ARE TWO FELLINIS........ Read more
Published 19 months ago by Raymond Louis Llompart
5.0 out of 5 stars juliet of the spirits
I find that criterion always offers the best copies of films. I trust them to respect the original movie and to leave it unaltered while presenting the clearest, best print. Read more
Published 19 months ago by gary
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English Language Version
I saw the English language version in the theatre several times. Unlike most "English-dubbed" foreign language films, which are typically pretty lame, Fellini's English version was masterfully done, rich and full, and I agree, much more easily enjoyed by an English-speaker. Since he... Read More
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