Juliet of the Spirits

For the song by The B-52s, see Juliet of the Spirits (song).
Juliet of the Spirits

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Federico Fellini
Produced by Angelo Rizzoli
Screenplay by Federico Fellini
Tullio Pinelli
Ennio Flaiano
Brunello Rondi
Story by Federico Fellini
Tullio Pinelli
Starring Giulietta Masina
Sandra Milo
Mario Pisu
Valentina Cortese
Valeska Gert
Music by Nino Rota
Eugene Walter
Cinematography Gianni Di Venanzo
Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni
Release dates
  • 22 October 1965 (1965-10-22) (France)
  • 23 October 1965 (1965-10-23) (Italy)
Running time
144 minutes[1] (Original Italian release)
137 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Juliet of the Spirits (Italian: Giulietta degli spiriti) is a 1965 Italian-French fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini and starring Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese, and Valeska Gert. The film is about the visions, memories, and mysticism of a middle-aged woman that help her find the strength to leave her philandering husband.[2] The film uses "caricatural types and dream situations to represent a psychic landscape."[3] It was Fellini's first feature-length color film, but followed his use of color in the The Temptation of Doctor Antonio episode in the portmanteau film Boccaccio '70 (1962). Juliet of the Spirits won a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1966.


Giulietta explores her subconscious and the odd lifestyle of her sexy neighbour, Suzy, as she attempts to deal with her mundane life and her philandering oppressive husband, Giorgio. As she increasingly taps into her desires (and her demons) she slowly gains greater self-awareness leading to independence although, according to Fellini's wife, the real-life Giulietta, this end result may be interpretable.[4]



Juliet of the Spirits was shot at Cinecittà Studios, Cinecittà, Rome, Lazio, Italy; Fregene, Fiumicino, Rome, Lazio, Italy; and Safa-Palatino, Rome, Lazio, Italy (studio).[6]

Awards and nominations


Juliet of the Spirits holds an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. In The New York Times, Stephen Holden wrote of a revival in 2001: "Fellini went deliriously and brilliantly bananas with the color to create a rollicking through-the-looking-glass series of tableaus evoking a woman's troubled psyche."[8]


  1. "JULIET OF THE SPIRITS (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 1966-01-26. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
  2. "Juliet of the Spirits". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  3. Constantini, 188
  4. Ebert, Roger (5 August 2001). "Reviews - Great Movie - Juliet of the Spirits (1965)". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  5. "Full cast and crew for Juliet of the Spirits". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  6. "Locations for Juliet of the Spirits". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  7. "Awards for Juliet of the Spirits". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  8. Holden, Stephen (May 18, 2001). "Rediscovering Color In a Fellini Fantasy". The New York Times. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  • Fellini, Federico, and Costanzo Costantini, ed. Fellini on Fellini. London: Faber and Faber, 1995. ISBN 0-571-17543-0

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