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Juliet of the Spirits

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Juliet of the Spirits
Juliet of the Spirits poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFederico Fellini
Screenplay byFederico Fellini
Tullio Pinelli
Ennio Flaiano
Brunello Rondi
Story byFederico Fellini
Tullio Pinelli
Produced byAngelo Rizzoli
StarringGiulietta Masina
Sandra Milo
Mario Pisu
Valentina Cortese
Valeska Gert
CinematographyGianni Di Venanzo
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Music byNino Rota
Release date
  • 22 October 1965 (1965-10-22) (France)
  • 23 October 1965 (1965-10-23) (Italy)
Running time
144 minutes[1] (Original Italian release)
137 minutes

Juliet of the Spirits (Italian: Giulietta degli spiriti) is a 1965 Italian-French fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini and starring Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese, and Valeska Gert. The film is about the visions, memories, and mysticism that help a middle-aged woman find the strength to leave her philandering husband.[2] The film uses "caricatural types and dream situations to represent a psychic landscape."[3] It was Fellini's first feature-length color film, but followed his use of color in The Temptation of Doctor Antonio episode in the portmanteau film Boccaccio '70 (1962). Juliet of the Spirits won the 1966 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Woody Allen loosely adapted it with his 1990 film Alice.[4]


Giulietta Masina and Valentina Cortese
Giulietta Masina and Valentina Cortese

Giulietta attempts to deal with her mundane life and philandering, oppressive husband, Giorgio, by exploring the odd lifestyle of a glamorous neighbour, Suzy, and through dreams, visions and fantasies. As she taps into her desires (and her demons) she slowly gains greater self-awareness, leading to independence, although, according to Masina (Fellini's wife), the ending's meaning is debatable.[5]



Juliet of the Spirits was shot in Fregene, Italy; Safa-Palatino, Italy (studio); and at Cinecittà Studios in Rome.[7]

Fellini's longtime musical collaborator Nino Rota composed the soundtrack. Until his death in 1979, Rota wrote the music for every Fellini film except his directorial debut, Variety Lights. The music in Juliet of the Spirits contains circus themes, as in Fellini's , and also uses organ, cocktail piano, guitar, saxophones, and voices without words to convey Juliet's shifts in feeling.[8] The soundtrack was mentioned in a profile of the actor Steve Buscemi, which notes that "a Victrola sits in [Buscemi's] dining room, with the theme music for 'Juliet of the Spirits' permanently on its turntable."[9]

Awards and nominations


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 79% based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10.[11] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film's rerelease has a weighted average score of 83 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[12]

In The New York Times, Stephen Holden wrote of a revival in 2001: "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."[13] Roger Ebert gave the film four stars out of four and included it in his 2001 list of "The Great Movies".[14] Kevin Thomas of Los Angeles Times praised the film, writing, "Federico Fellini’s 1965 Juliet of the Spirits remains a timeless, major work of a master, a portrait of a dutiful wife plunged into crisis that triggers her spiritual awakening. With Fellini’s own wife, the great Giulietta Masina, as Juliet, and with his unique command of fantasy and spectacle in full force, Juliet of the Spirits, Fellini’s first film in color, is at once an eye-popping display of bravura and a work of compassionate insight."[15]


  1. ^ "JULIET OF THE SPIRITS (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 26 January 1966. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Juliet of the Spirits". IMDb. Archived from the original on 13 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  3. ^ Constantini, 188
  4. ^ Billy Stevenson (15 October 2016). "Mia of the Spirits: Woody Allen's Alice (1990)". Bright Lights Film Journal. Archived from the original on 4 November 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  5. ^ Ebert, Roger (5 August 2001). "Reviews – Great Movie – Juliet of the Spirits (1965)". Archived from the original on 8 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Full cast and crew for Juliet of the Spirits". IMDb. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Locations for Juliet of the Spirits". IMDb. Archived from the original on 29 November 2005. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  8. ^ Cook, Stephen. "Nino Rota: Guilletta degli Spiriti [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] – Review". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  9. ^ Lahr, John (14 November 2005). "The Thin Man – Profile of Steve Buscemi". The New Yorker. Vol. 14 November 2005. p. 80. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Awards for Juliet of the Spirits". IMDb. Archived from the original on 31 October 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Juliet of the Spirits (Giulietta degli Spiriti) (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Archived from the original on 9 December 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Juliet of the Spirits Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 27 September 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  13. ^ Holden, Stephen (18 May 2001). "Rediscovering Color in a Fellini Fantasy". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 19 February 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Juliet of the Spirits movie review". 5 August 2001. Archived from the original on 14 April 2021. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Fantasy and Spectacle Lend a Timelessness to 'Juliet of the Spirits'". Los Angeles Times. 29 June 2001. Archived from the original on 23 May 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021.


  • Fellini, Federico, and Costanzo Costantini, ed. Fellini on Fellini. London: Faber and Faber, 1995. ISBN 0-571-17543-0

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