and the whole thing delivered as a joke :|
This was my third Fellini film, and I liked the other two more. I was captured by the bizarrely rapid pace at the beginning of the film and the premise held promise for me (a woman dealing with her self worth during a marriage crisis), but for me the middle got boring and I wasn't feeling Fellini's "here are some dreams/ghosts" like I was in 8 1/2. I just don't think I'll ever be a huge fan of his.
The portrait of middle aged woman, her past, her ghosts, her beliefs. All of that approached with an intense use of psychedelic scenes, the very characteristic style of Fellini. A story, for it's strong visual, only possible in cinema.The director's wife and muse, Giulietta Masina, plays a very enjoyable interpretation here. Needless to say that the soundtrack is spectacular, probably one of Nino Rota's bests.
Caught half way between the truly wonderful madness of Fellini's later films and the more restrained surrealism of his late Black and White features, I stumbled into this film backwards and expected more. It's not that there isn't plenty to love, and the brilliant parts are absolutely wonderful, it's simply overall it was too normal for me.
I want to call this movie a masterpiece so badly but argh! It's just not there, there's some delirious bits that are impossible not to admire and the lead is all kinds of charming but Fellini can't quite make his point without it feeling excessive at least to me. And in the end it just doesn't quite come together in the way that something like 8 1/2 does. A must see none the less.
My favorite Fellini film. Lovely that he cast his own wife as the main character and she gave an awesome performance. My reason for loving this film is he once again plays reality against an active fantasy life, fantasies that combine memory, fears, fleeting desires and the way we imagine the lives of others.
the "perfect wife": fearful, obsessed, obedient, resigned, talking to the wind when there is none to talk to. creepy.
no one can take away anything from fellini in how important he is and how singular his filmic vision was but i can't say i enjoyed this film much at all. the notorious fellini dubbing was taken to a whole new level, the film didn't really have anything to it and the use of colour was too exhibitionist for my liking, bit of a miss really.
Surreale come un quadro di Dalì. Disturbing, fascinating...love it, and love Fellini. I was thinking that "8 e 1/2" was the best one, but this is even better.
C'è tanto bisogno di cose semplici per vivere, di cose che non ne nascondono altre, l'acqua è come uno sguardo che non nasconde nulla, non abbia paura della verità, la verità ci rende liberi. Infondo che importa la reazione degli altri? al mio paese un proverbio dice: "io sono a me stesso tetto, finestra e focolare, le mie parole sono il mio cibo, i miei pensieri la mia bevanda, dunque sono felice.
Fellini's first color film is a delightful, hypnotic feast for the eyes. Basically its about a sexually-repressed middle aged housewife's journey of self-awakening, but it's done with a huge dollop of Fellini magic! The colors, sets, and costumes are just so sparkling and Fellini's camerawork moves along with the caresses of Nino Rota's magical score. It's sad how underrated this film is, for me it's one of his best.
Bright whimsy. Stunning art direction, costume and cinematography overcome the somewhat confused strands of domestic stultification, mysticism and sexual adventure.
I was so excited to see this in full 1080 on TCM - I've long thought it the most beautiful film I've ever seen. For the brilliance of its color cinematography, of course, and the heartbreaking turn by Masina. The combination of these factors serve to highlight Fellini's powerful message that we must look inward to find our worth, instead of deferring to our mothers, husbands, and religions to determine it for us.