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Juliet Of The Spirits (DVD)

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  • Nearing a certain level of pretention though
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      14.05.2014 11:44
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      Female minds are so complex

      Following criticism of Federico Fellini being a misogynist, he decided to make a film centred entirely on the female psyche in a movie about a woman named Giulietta (Giulietta Masina) trapped in an unfaithful, unloving relationship with husband Giorgio (Mario Pisu). As his affair becomes more obvious, she starts to hallucinate out of fear of being left by her adulterous husband, only to eventually understand, combined with earlier advice from her more sexually liberated friends, that she would be better off leaving him, thus becoming a fully independent woman. Heavily symbolic and extremely surreal, this was Fellini's first full-length colour film (his first venture in colour had been with his segment of the four-part anthology film "Boccaccio 70") that is sparkling with vibrant and luxurious hues, in a way reflecting Giulietta's own complex self, who perhaps quite fittingly is also played by Fellini's own real-life wife similarly named Giulietta. As often with Fellini, the plot is less important than the psychology of the characters and the themes themselves. Here the director attempts to represent the main character's state of mind through the use of dreams and hallucinations, which become particularly prominent at the very end of the movie as Giulietta is haunted by a regular panoply of strange and grotesque visions. As it is, the movie can come across as somewhat too involved with its own ideas to the point of pretension or displaying surrealism for the sake of it, but the fascination of a master filmmaker at work still comes through very clearly. This may not be to the taste of those not caring for such esoterica, and certainly Fellini newbies might just be confused, but it's still quite a fascinating movie of female sexuality, liberation, and psychology via the employment of Freudian dream logic. (c) berlioz 2014

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