Scott Reviews Federico Fellini’s Fellini-Satyricon [Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Review]

By the late 1960s, Federico Fellini had more or less permanently transitioned from filmmaker to icon. The autobiographical 8½ basically ensured his films would be permanently inseparable from himself, the sort of commercial accomplishment of which most film directors can only dream. Most directors are fortunate to be recognized for putting their “touch” into an accepted format. Fellini was the format. His follow-up, Juliet of the Spirits, is an equally indulgent affair that serves loosely as an apology to his wife (Giulietta Masina, who also stars in the film), on whom he cheated for more or less the entirety of their marriage; the resulting film is as much his fantasy (sexual extravagance) as hers (Masina had a keen interest in the psychic realm). And so the template is set – Fellini would continue to make films about himself, but largely under the guise of someone else’s perspective.

He wasn’t shy
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Watch: Criterion's Three Reasons To Check Out 'Fellini Satyricon' Plus Vintage Radio Spot And Trailer

When he wasn’t creating top ten lists, director Federico Fellini filled his time by creating one of the most celebrated filmographies ever. Last week, everyone’s favorite boutique home video label Criterion released a lovingly restored “Fellini Satyricon” on Blu-Ray and DVD and now they have released a video detailing the three reasons you should part with your hard-earned cash for this beautiful release. Running just under a minute and a half, the video does a fine job of highlighting the aggressively wild and surreal nature of Fellini’s self-described “science fiction of the past” milieu. The looks of “faces from another time” and the infamous “Roman appetites” for sex & violence seen in the film are some of the reasons listed to check out the film. Even by today’s standards, Fellini’s film, which only included his name in the title so as to differentiate itself from Gian Luigi Polidoro’s “Satyricon,
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Alfredo Bini obituary

Producer of Pier Paolo Pasolini's early films

Though an enterprising film producer, often ahead of his times, Alfredo Bini, who has died aged 83, is best remembered for having given the poet Pier Paolo Pasolini the chance to make his debut as a film-maker with Accattone (1960), when no other film company was prepared to back it. Bini produced more than 40 films, including all the features made by Pasolini up until 1967, including Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St Matthew, 1964). Among his other films were many starring his wife, Rosanna Schiaffino.

Bini was born in Livorno, Tuscany, and, during the second world war, ran away from home to join the army. He was wounded and got a medal, but went back to finish his studies in biology. He soon gave up the idea of a scientific career and in 1945 moved to Rome, where, after taking on various jobs, he managed a theatre group.
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