Fellini's fantastic journey into an unsettled female psyche. Giulietta Masina is almost a still point as the maelstrom of her whirling ultra-vivid imaginings tempt and taunt her. This film is a kind of Italian precursor to Cassavetes' altogether different work with his wife Gena Rowlands.
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.
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.