Federico Fellini's retrospective."Giulietta degli Spiriti"-(1965).
Posted 05 October 2011 - 08:57 PM
The film opens as Giulietta prepares an anniversary party, where during a session held by a clairvoyant she learns that she can hear otherworld voices. She then escapes into her imagination as she retreats into the past, present and future to give her routine life more meaning. As a side story, Giulietta is most concerned her hubby is having an affair after she hears him speaking another woman's name in bed. Disillusioned with her reality and trying to escape from a marriage that is failing, Giulietta comes to believe more and more in the spirit world.
The film is somehow taken over by Sandra Milo, Giulietta's exotic and liberated high-living neighbor, who plays three bizarre roles and manages to be strange but uninteresting in all three roles. Anyway, it could be either because of being so tired after my long work session or something else, but I gotta say I found myself bored with the film fantasy sequences and not overly impressed with all the freak show sequences and dips into surrealism.
Posted 08 October 2011 - 11:28 AM
I had the same reaction, more or less. Not my favorite Fellini.
Posted 08 October 2011 - 05:38 PM
Hope you enjoy Amarcord, Cristian. My favorite bit -- the local Fascists, out-of-shape bodies stuffed into tight black shirts and trousers, sprinting through the streets of Rimini. Also Gradisca, a warm and touching character. I like Fellini when he's mixing satire and sentimentality, but not going overboard in either direction. Amarcord, for me, sustains the balance. Not unlike Chaplin.
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