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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Fellini followed up the classic 2 punch of 'La Dolce Vita' and '8 1/2' with this his first full length colour film. On second viewing this stands up well within his filmography with its brilliant use of colour, music and composition. Masina is brilliant here with her depiction of a mid-age woman who must face that her husband may be having an affair while she flirts with spiritualism and hedonism. ...and that score
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.
A colorful, vibrant, and surreal flight of fancy that only Fellini could deliver, with extraordinary, imaginative dream-like - and sometimes nightmarish - imagery and excellent color cinematography by Gianni di Venanzo, and a superb central performance from Giulietta Masina. An absolute classic. Another great, jubilant score by Nino Rota.
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.
A beautiful wrenching portrait of a loving woman who is no longer loved. Certainly ranks among Fellini's most accomplished works. The surrealism and dream-world elements are borderline parody, but it all works. The colors are rich, the costumes and set direction are delicious. Like all of Fellini's work, it's lingering affect is what impacts you the most. While it's still digesting, I'm salivating for another bite.