Giulietta Masina plays a betrayed wife whose inability to come to terms with reality leads her along a hallucinatory journey of self-discovery in Fellini’s first color feature, a kaleidoscope of dreams, spirits, and memories.
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Conceived as a companion piece to his earlier 8 1/2 but this time concentrating on a female character (his wife/muse Masina), Fellini's first full-length feature in color (after an earlier episode of the portmanteau film Boccaccio '70) sees the director as bold with his palette as you would expect as he again explores his heady dreams and fantasies in a beautiful looking picture scored richly by musical maestro Rota.
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.
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.