Juliet of the Spirits

Juliet of the Spirits

Bit of a stand-out in Fellini's filmography, but one that I deeply admire. His goal here seems to be to break away from the introspective musings of 8½ and La Dolce Vita, taking his first venture into color as an opportunity to make the most vibrant, in-your-face wonderland of a film possible. However, that shift in focus is not without its pros and cons. While the film may not be as narratively intriguing as so many of his past works, it's so unabashedly excessive and impressionistic in its visual grandeur that it almost, almost makes up for it.

To me, this is Fellini letting loose. At this point in his career, it was well-established that he could make earth-shattering, larger-than-life epics that sit comfortably on the fence of reality and practically ooze elegance and style. His films were like no other, and he had the talent, ambition, and overall capability to do whatever he wanted. And so, Juliet of the Spirits was born. A tripped-out, hyper-realistic fairy tale sitting comfortably in the center of a modest, even boiler-plate domestic drama. Fellini knew what he was doing here, and I can't help but think he pulled it off. Love to see my favorites having fun.

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