JULIET OF THE SPIRITS (Federico Fellini, 1965)

Eric Rhode and Peter Morris may be correct and incorrect, respectively, that Federico Fellini’s Giulietta degli spiriti fails as “his intended variation on the legend of St. Anthony” and “could lay justifiable claim to being his best [film]”; but it is gorgeously color photographed by Gianni Di Venanzo, indeed spirited, and intermittently honest to some […]

CITY OF WOMEN (Federico Fellini, 1980)

Marcello Mastroianni is surprisingly lackluster as Snàporaz in Federico Fellini’s extravagant, tedious La città delle donne, which Fellini once described as his most dreamlike film. The dream is a nightmare, out of which Snàporaz tries to escape once launching it by getting off a train in pursuit of a shapely, sophisticated woman in a fur […]

SPIRITS OF THE DEAD (Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Roger Vadim, 1968) and POE’S “THE MAN OF THE CROWD”

Like Odilon Redon, I see Edgar Allan Poe in terms of black and white and gray. (Let me add, however, that the way that the French see “their” Edgarpoe, as a poète maudit, morbid and accursed, seems to me bewilderingly wide of the mark.) From France and Italy, Histoires extraordinaires is in color, though; comprising […]