Directed by: Federico Fellini, Stars Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese, and Valeska Gert.144min. (Festivals and Awards: 1966 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.)
Juliet of the Spirits is was Fellini’s first feature-length color film. It was a 1965 Italian-French fantasy comedy-drama film about the visions, memories, and mysticism that help a middle-aged woman find the strength to leave her philandering husband. 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.