Federico Fellini's Juliet of the Spirits

Though Federico Fellini’s 1964 Best Foreign Film Academy Award for 8 1/2 confirmed his place among the world’s greatest filmmakers, he remained as unsure of his ability as when he had arrived in Rome from Rimini in 1939. If the success of the psychoanalytical 8 1/2 persuaded him of anything, it was the need to examine even more thoroughly the sources of his creativity, which lay in dreams, and in his ambiguous sexuality.

To do so, he broke decisively with films like La Strada and La Dolce Vita. Juliet of the Spirits would be his first in color, and the first not rooted in contemporary reality. And for the first time in seven years, he would be directing his wife, Giulietta Masina.



Release Date: October, 22th 1965

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Running Time: 137 Minutes

Country: Italy








The Fellinis shared a profound belief in psychic phenomena. Giulietta would halt a conversation in mid-sentence to whisper “We are not alone!” Fellini, who mined his films from a rich dream life—“I go to sleep, and the fête begins,” he said proudly—often changed plans on the advice of astrologers and mediums, whom he cast in his films as an excuse to have them around during shooting.

Though Fellini and Masina shared a house, they occupied separate floors and had very different friends. Fellini flirted overtly with women but made his closest relationships with a succession of young gay assistants, among them Pier Paolo Pasolini. In Juliet of the Spirits, superstition and marital breakdown collide as Fellini, behind a smoke screen of fantasy, debates his future. Juliet, a neglected wife moping in her summer home in fashionable Fregene, is recognizably Masina, just as her preoccupied, philandering husband Giorgio is a streamlined Fellini—younger, thinner, and better dressed.

(Excerpt from John Baxter's essay about the film http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/190-juliet-of-the-spirits)

This is a 21 and over show since the area the film is shown shares a wall with Boogies bar. Keeping that in mind food and drinks are available during the showing of the film and there are plenty of tables set up to make eating those as comfortable as possible.

Like always I would like to thank Paul our fellow Celluloid Lover and my liaison with Boogie’s. I would also like to thank Ian (Boogie’s Owner) and his crew for letting us use Boogie’s for this meet up.


I look forward to seeing you there.


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  • Damon S.

    I want to again that everyone for being super cool about the last minute changes. We had very impressed with the discussion. Thank you Lisa, Paul, Doug, & Eamonn for sharing your thoughts with the group.

    June 30, 2013

    • Damon S.

      I hope everyone can make it back next week for Videodrome.

      June 30, 2013

  • Kathy, I play pool, N.

    looks like I'll be able to make it this time.

    June 25, 2013

    • Damon S.

      As always I will look forward to seeing you.

      June 26, 2013

  • Paul L.

    Wow, Thank you Damon for always leading us somewhere new and significant.

    June 20, 2013

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