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Fellini's Juliet': 'Flamboyant, Eye-Filling,
But a Kaleidoscope of Trivialities'
By PAUL SAWYER
Fellini's "Juliet of the Spirits"
is "81/2" gone mad. The disturbing
thing is not so much that the later
film is so obviously an imitation,
but rather that it imitates the
superficial brilliances of the ear-
lier film without retaining any of
That "Juliet" is flamboyant,
eye-filling and visually impressive
cannot be denied; but a continual
stream of ever-changing surface
appearances, however glittering, is
never enough. The film amounts
in substance to little more than
a great kaleidoscope of variegated
Much of the trouble is no doubt
due to the temptations of color.
As long as he worked in black and
white, Fellini was able to give
free range to his imaginative pow-
ers without letting the purely
spectacular element of his films
impinge upon and obscure the
thought content. I am not cate-
gorically against spectacle for
But in "Juliet" the many-hued
fantasy scenes with their surreal-
istic orgies and stupendous sets,
and the endless stream of fan-
tastic and grotesque characters,
seem too often to run away with
themselves and to lose all sense of
function or coherence.
This is a shame, because Fel-
lini has such great talents as a
visual artist. Visually, this film is
the most beautiful I have ever
seen, and I must recommend it for
that reason. Nearly every frame
takes on the sensuous magnifi-
cence of a full-blown oil painting;
in color and composition, it is
exquisite. The interiors and cos-
tumes are stupendously sensuous,
a combination of Dail and De-
Mille; the outdoor scenes are like
a Disney cartoon come to life.
Flowers are a motif and are used
throughout with splendid variety.
Much less can be said for what
lies underneath thissglamor. The
theme of the film is the inner
torments suffered by a lonely
woman as she learns more and
more about her husband's infi-
delity. Like Marcello Mastroianni.
in "8%1/2" she does not reason things
out, but thinks through a succes-
sion of daydreams.,
She also has the advantage of
being visited by a spirit. Her
heavily populated fantasies are
not so much a means of escape
from her problems as they are a
way of keeping her company. We
learn, for example, that she was
never close to anyone in her child-
hood except for an eccentric
grandfather who died while she
was still young; and in her day-
by-day life she is totally neglected
by her "hard-working" husband.
The fantasies express the de-
sires and decisions that flood her
mind. For example, the alternative
of self-sacrifice and despair is
represented by a childhood friend
who drowned herself for love; her
desire for freedom and experience,
by several fantastic orgy scenes;
and the whole motif of love,
through the manisfestations of
carnal desire, religion, and physi-,
The "objective" story of her
abandonment and loneliness is
touching for what there is of it,
but there is not enough to gener-
ate much subtlety and depth of
character. Moreover, the fantasies
themselves, unlike '8%," fail to
tell us enough about the woman to
make her very interesting. Giu-
lietta Masina is acceptable in the
role, but she is not required to do
much more than pass from scene
to scene in wide-eyed amazement.
The ending tries to impose Fel-
lini's old solution of resigning the
characters to "being themselves,"
stoically accepting their fate,
"being spontaneous," etc. But it
does not work.
The film poses no important
piroblems and explores nothing be-
low the surface. The symbols and
images are not new with Fellini;
they come too fast and furious to
excite or create a lasting impres-
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FRIDAY, March 25
8:30 a.m.,-A seminar on "Orien-
tation to Programmed Learning"
will be held in the Michigan
7:00 and 9:00 p.m. - Fellini's
"Variety of Lights" will be shown
in the Architecture Aud.
8:00 p.m.-The Newman Stu-
dent Association will present
Father Philip Berrigan, S.S.J.
speaking on "Pacem in Terris and
the Problem of War" in Aud. A.
Father Barrigan has been a' fre-
quent speaker on the war in Viet
Nam and has participated in the
civil rights movement.
8:30 p.m. - The University
Chamber Choir, conducted by
Thomas Hilbish, will give a con-
cert, free of charge, devoted to the
choral music of Bach in Rackham
8:30 p.m.-The Packard Avenue
Playreaders will appear in the
Theatre of the Frieze Bldg.
8:30 p.m.-The University Sym-
phony Orchestra, conducted by
Josef Blatt and Theo Alcantarilla,
will appear in Hill Aud.
SATURDAY, March 26
9:00 a.m.-A workshop on "Pro-
grammed Instruction" will be held
in the Rackham Bldg.
7:00 and 9:00 p.m.-The "Petri-
field Forest" will be shown in the
7:00 p.m.-Karen Fine, cellist,
will appear in the Recital Hall,
School of Music.
8:30 p.m.-The Packard Avenue
Playreaders will appear in the
world premiere of Alfred Jarry's
"Ubu Cornutatus" in the Little
Theatre of the Frieze Bldg.
8:30 p.m.-Cornet and Trumpet
Students Will perform in the Re-
cital Hall, School of Music.
8:30 p.m. - The University of
Chicago Contemporary Chamber
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fore 2 p.m. of the day preceding Cinema Guild - Fellini's "Variety sion in teaching and research, and
publication, and by 2 p.m. Friday Lights": Architecture Aud., 7 and 9 p.m similar topics.
for Saturday and. Sunday., General It is possible that some academic staff
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mum of two times on request; Day Freeman D. Miller, professor of astron- person holding an academic appoint-
Calendar items appear once only omy, "Comets and Fireballs" to observe ment that does not receive a question-
Student organization notices are not the Moon and Jupiter: Aud. D, Angell naire by thec end of the week should
accepted for publication. Hall, 8 p.m. call the Office of Institutional Re-
search, at 764-9254 and one will be
FRIDAY, MARCH 25 School of Music Concerto Concert - sent to them.
University Symphony Orchestra, Josef_____
Blatt and Theo Alcantarilla, conduc- Doctoral Examination for Robert Ar-
Calendarrs: Hill Aud, 8:30 p.m. thur Kavelman, Education; thesis: "An
Buieau of Industrial Relations se- Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Four
Bau o Instial Rlatwins S r 1 AFreshman Orientation Techniques at
inar-"How to Install a White-Collar G.,eneral .tVO uces~ Foothill College." Fri., March 25, E,.
Grievance System": Michigan Union, Council Room, Rackiam Bldg., at 3
8:30 p.m. Academic Affairs Questionnaire: Over
the weekend,. the office of vice-presi- pm. C inRd ong.
Programmed Learning for' Business dent for academic affairs mailed a ques- (Continued on Page 6)
world premiere of Alfred Jarry's Players will present a
"Uba Cornutatus" in the Little the Union Ballroom.
What really went on when the}
girls got together at Vassar
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by ALFRED JARRY
THOMAS J. GARBATY
LITTLE THEATRE, FRIEZE BLDG.
MARCH 25. 8:30 P.M.
MARCH 26. , . 8:30 P.M.
Trouble with Harry:
SYMPOSIUM MARCH 25, 10 P.M.
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By JAMES SCHUTZE
Some people will not trust
Cinema II for a long time. The
absence of surly gatekeepers and
the presence of consistently good
films will cause many moviegoers
to wonder if Cinema II can ever
really, become a lasting part of
student moviedom's staunchly of-
Hopefully, doubters will be won
over by good movies like Hitch-
cock's "The Troube with Harry"
to trust Cinema II and perhaps to
hope that the mess set and Cinema
Guild will one day be forced to
emulate their new competitor.
Harry's trouble is the same we
must otherwise wish on the
Cinema Guild. Harry is dead. He
remains faithfully dead from the
first beautiful frames of his movie
until the last, but he nevertheless
manages to cause more consterna-
tion to the sleepy New England
town near which he is dead than
has probably been caused by any-
one living since the Revolution.
No ohe in town has ever seen
Harry before, almost. The only
logical conclusion regarding his
lack of life is that he has been,
killed by a little boy's ray-gun, a
spinster's shoe, the rifle of a
ship's captain, an artist's brush,
a widow's milk bottle, and. an in-
visible murderer's . blunt instru-
The only means of dealing with
so unusual a corpse as Harry is
to inter him, disinter him, reinter
him, disreinter him, undisreinter
him, deundisreinter him, and put
him in the bathtub. The entire
sweaty afternoon of excavation
and so forth is charmingly stinted
with elderberry wine and blue-
berry muffins, and the evening's
outcome is predictably unforeseen.
"Harry" embodies that disre-
spectful wit and straight-jowled
mirth which started Hitchcock on
+his successful way. . Post-card
photography and neater than, life
settings lend Harry's dilemma
that careful off-handedness it
needs to be funny rather than
merely macabre. One can hardly
help regretting that horror sells
better than wit and that Hitch-
cock has accordingly altered his
style since making Harry.
Cinema II's showing tonight is
definitely worth seeing. Don't ex-
pect, of course, to take Harry by
the hand and be led off into a wild
Hitchcock horroroscope of psy-
chotic entertainment: you'll find
that placing Harry in that posture
only encourages him to drag.
Just leave Harry as he lies, and
see where he ends up. Cinema II's
presentation of this film may con-
vince you that a movie can be good
without being entirely under-
HIS FIRST IN COLOR!
FATHER, PHILIP BERRIGAN, 1S.S.J.,
"PA CEM IN TERRISAND THE
FATHER BERRIGAN has been ordained a priest for ten years, eight of which have been
spent in the South. He is noted nationally for his lectures on race, peace, and the
Christian layman. He is a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, .co-founder of
the Catholic Peace Fellowship, and has worked in civil rights with the Urban League,
NAACP, CORE and SNCC. His first book, "No More Strangers," was published in
April and deals with race, peace, lay witness, and ecumenism. His other works have
appeared in Commonweal, Jubilee, Worship, Continuum, The Catholic Worker, and
Inter-racial Review. Currently, he is a parish priest in the Baltimore inner-city.
FATHER BERRIGAN is also a poet and participated in a recent debate at Georgetown
University on Vietnam. The article, "Vietnam and America's Conscience" is a reprint
:f his part in that debate.
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