Juliet of the Spirits

Synopsis: Juliet lives in a beautiful house by the ocean. Her sisters, and especially her Mother overshadow her with their beauty. She is a spiritual, superstitious and naive woman. She visits a psychic seer who tells her she must follow the sex trade in order to be happy. Not long after she meets her eccentric and sexy neighbour, Suzy, who, by all counts appears to be a high class prostitute and encourages Juilet into sexual acts which make her guilty and nervous. A rare night when her husband is at home she wakes up to catch him talking to another woman on the phone. He calls out the name "Gabriella" while sleeping, but when she questions him he lies his way out of it. She finds out who Gabriella is and fears her husband will leave her. Juliet begins having visions who accuse and terrorize her. The pinnacle of the visions comes at the end where it is implied she realizes she would be better off without her husband and is ultimately emotionally emancipated.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Federico Fellini
Production: Criterion Collection
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
137 min


- The candles, signora?

- No, she'll do it.

Right. I'll light them.

Is it the red?

I like the blond one better.

Teresina, I can decide myself.

Sorry, signora.

I love the blond one.

But this one suits you, too.

- What shoes, signora?

- I'm wearing them, Teresina!

I really wanted to give you a present,

but I sent my money home.

Never mind. Next time.

This one looks really pretty on you.

It doesn't! I look awful.

I won't wear any.

I'm sick of this dress!

Throw it out.

This thing too!

Here, you can have it.

Signora, do you know what you're getting

for your anniversary?

Your gift for him is so beautiful.

Signora, your husband's here!

Get off the bed, you!

Hurry, he's in the garden!

Let me try it.

Teresina, quick, my dress!

You know, signora,

I feel so excited.

How beautiful!

Is the other room all set?

- Is it all right?

- Light the candles.

His gift is under his napkin.

You've only one earring on!

I left it in the bathroom.

Get it, please.

Turn off the lights.

What's the matter?

The power's out?

What's happening?

What are you all doing there?

You're right! I'm so sorry.

It's so beastly of me!

To think I even wrote it down.

But I have a surprise, too.

Welcome, everyone!

It's our wedding anniversary.

Juliet, look who's here!

Happy anniversary!

It's their anniversary. Look.

- Lights!

- Look what your friend Val brought you.

Thanks. What is it?

It's a charm against spirits!

You must hang it here.

- Hi, Juliet.

- Let me look at you!

It's been 15 years, my friends!

That dog's been so nervous

for the past two or three days. Down!

That's Genius, the greatest

clairvoyant on earth.

I know everything about you.

You're an Aquarius, right?

Lots of famous people are.

- Always a pleasure to see you!

- Don't be bothersome!

Astrology is a fascinating science!

Say, girls! What's cooking?

Juliet, make us something.

- Well, what?

- Anything.

They've made up.

He opens his mouth

and I get angry. It's so stupid!

I'll cook! I'll make my famous

pilaf la Dolores!

Have you got any paprika?

- Red pepper.

- Even better.

- Let me help.

No, it's a secret recipe!

Sculpting, cooking and making love:

My three vocations!

Have you found

your conquering angel?

I saw you at Vigor, the gym.

Never been there.

I did some bodybuilding too.

Let's see.

Romolo, pick me up.

What's up, handsome?

It's all here in the cards, see.

Right? You're so mysterious

not even my cards can read you.

- And now, signora?

- Do we have to feed them all?

Sure, they're our guests.

Where's Juliet? Can I go?

Don't be silly

and start crying.

Genius, come feel Juliet's vibes!

You look like a doll tonight!

I've got so much to tell you.

Dear counselor,

your sister's doubts are no mystery.

The Indians already knew everything,

like the Egyptians,

the Etruscans and the Chinese.

Right, last night I dreamt...

I'm sorry.

This is not the right time.

Another time, Val.

Sit down.

He'll do the pendulum.

Clear your mind of all thoughts.

Take off my jacket.

Yes, maestro.

Things are taking a good turn!

A strong magnetic charge!

This house...

who lived here before you?

The charge's positive, see?

It's moving clockwise.

- Who's there?

- Me!

It's not a good time.

- What's up?

- Nothing!

Are you bad-mouthing me?

What's up?

Don't just walk in. It's a shock!

Sorry for bringing so many people,

They dropped by.

What could I do?

It's fine.

They're all very nice.


Do you love me?

Good luck to you both!

To the bride and groom!

- Are you married?

- Would I cheer if I were?

Lying is much more heroic.

We'll give you a gold medal, then.

Does the lady know

she's living with a hero?

Sit around the table.

Don't cross your legs.

I'll purify the air.


No cats!

They attract restless souls!


Take your sance and...

You two can go to bed now.

She said she wouldn't do it anymore,

it scares me so.

Go, go ahead!

I feel many presences!

They've already gathered.

I'm sorry, it's the incense.


Create your inner void.

I feel a new presence.

Somebody who's never been here

is trying to communicate.

How's the charge, maestro?

Tell it to fill my bottle.

It's empty.


Don't breathe.


A longer step, longer. One...

Here it is!

Speak to it, maestro.

Spirit, do you wish to be known?

It said "I"...




- Didn't it say "H"?

- Shut up. It said "I".

"S"...Iris. It's a woman.

Iris! Such a pretty name!

I wonder who she was.

Could you tell us

who you are?

She said she's gorgeous.

Right, maestro?

Yes, she did.

Iris, listen. Are you here

with a message for us?

She said:
"Love for everybody."

What a sweet message!

Listen Iris, could you tell us...

What is it?

- Interference, perhaps.

Are you still there, Iris?

It said:

Let's listen.

Who are you?


He said his name is Olaf.

You're Turkish, am I right?

He said you are Turkish.

Send a message for each of us.

To help us through this life.

What can you tell our friend?

- "Whore."

- No, you've misunderstood me.

Trollop. He says, "Big Trollop."

It isn't really an insult.

- What was that?

- He said "Big Trollop"!

Poor soul, rest in peace.

Professor, send him on his way.

Who's this?

They hung up.

A message for you, Juliet.

Who do you think you are?

You're nothing.

You don't mean a thing

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Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (Italian: [fedeˈriːko felˈliːni]; 20 January 1920 – 31 October 1993) was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness, he is recognized as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. His films have ranked, in polls such as Cahiers du cinéma and Sight & Sound, as some of the greatest films of all time. Sight & Sound lists his 1963 film 8½ as the 10th-greatest film of all time. In a career spanning almost fifty years, Fellini won the Palme d'Or for La Dolce Vita, was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and directed four motion pictures that won Oscars in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. In 1993, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement at the 65th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.Besides La Dolce Vita and 8½, his other well-known films include La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits, Satyricon, Amarcord and Fellini's Casanova. more…

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