Maybe if you're a famous philanderer you shouldn't have your wife play a female version of you in a script your friends wrote that maybe hits a bit too close to home?
Federico Fellini decided to follow up 8 1/2 with another navel-gazing adventure, this time gender-flipped in the hopes of making his wife Giulietta Masina as big a star for the 1960's as she was with his earlier films in the 1950's. Mostly he just made her mad.
The production of Juliet of the Spirits (1965) led to a great deal of fighting for the couple, so vicious that many friends thought it would end in their divorce before it ended in a film, but they pulled through and finished. Maybe it would have been better the other way?
Listen to us talk about it on this week's Lost in Criterion.