Poetry is never dangerous (Juliet of the Spirits Second Show)
July 2, 2013 · 6:00 PM
Cinema Paradiso Headquarters
Though Federico Fellini’s 1964 Best Foreign Film Academy Award for 81/2 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 81/2 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 LaStrada and LaDolceVita. JulietoftheSpirits 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
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 JulietoftheSpirits, 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.
This is a group that involves watching a movie and discussing said movie afterwards. What kind of movies do you ask? It can be any genre. My main criterion is that the film can carry a discussion. I might have themes for certain months like Overlooked Films, French Crime Films, Great Movies with Misleading Names or Six Degrees of separation theme with a certain actor or director.