Giulietta degli spiriti

Juliet of the Spirits (1965)


“Giulietta, a plain woman of 35, tries to enjoy life as best she can while living with her husband, Giorgio, who exhibits little feeling for her when he returns home late each evening to their villa near Fregene. Though she affords Giorgio the benefit of the doubt, assuming that a hard day’s work and other preoccupations are responsible, she begins to harbor certain fears and a nagging mistrust. Her glamorous mother and her sisters, Adele and Sylva, frequently reproach her for the simplicity of her attitude and the lifestyle she clings to so dearly. When Giorgio brings home a group of friends to hold a seance, Giulietta finds that as one of the participants she is able to call up spirits in her that represent, on the one hand, her fears and, on the other hand, images of her childhood: her grandfather and the convent she endured. Other spirits urge her to compensate by seeking pleasure and self-gratification. Her friend Valentina coaxes her into seeing Bhishma, a mystic who corroborates all that the spirits have told her. Meanwhile, she hires a detective to follow Giorgio, and as predicted, photographs and other evidence reveal his affair with another woman. On the verge of a breakdown, Giulietta meets Susy, her neighbor whose high living and liberated friends provide the excitement and sensuality she has been seeking. But when Giorgio packs to leave for a health resort, undoubtedly with his mistress in tow, Giulietta nearly commits suicide. Instead, she comes to a realization that her fears are unwarranted, that she can survive without Giorgio, and that she has rid herself of the spirits.”

Source: Turner Classic Movies


Melodrama, Women, Surrealist, Comedy

Format / Medium

Color film


129 min




Federico Fellini and Tullio Pinelli (based on an idea by Federico Fellini)


Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano in collaboration with Brunello Rondi

Main Cast

Giulietta Masina, Silva Koscina, Sandra Milo, Valentina Cortese, Mario Pisu, Lou Gilbert and Silvana Jachino


Nino Rota

Image Credits

The Fellini Foundation for the Cinema Collection