Giulietta Masina gives a superb performance as the bored, timid, frumpy and ultimately unfilled housewife who suspects her husband is being unfaithful. In an effort to escape the hurtful reality of her situation she enters a surreal fantasy world of her own by conjuring up spirits who lead her into a world a world of sensual pleasure. The images that Fellini creates become more and more dazzling and hypnotic in their effect. Much of the fantasy involves Juliet's fabulously outgoing and sexually liberated neighbour Suzy, but are they part of plot or is Fellini exploring his own desires?
Fellini's "Surrealism" at its Best
- Juliet of the Spirits review by The Lesser Merlin
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My favourite Fellini film, in which his "surrealism" is at its most explicit. Don't worry about the plot (thin at best, and its so-called Jungian resolution hardly matters). Instead concentrate on the images (that, at first, accuse and terrorize Juliet) - it doesn't matter if she reaches emotional emancipation, the journey being better than the destination.