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Fellini Satyricon (1969)
"Fellini - Satyricon" (original title)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | History  -  11 March 1970 (USA)
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A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Potter ...
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Max Born ...
Salvo Randone ...
Mario Romagnoli ...
Trimalcione (as Il Moro)
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Fortunata
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Trifena
Alain Cuny ...
Fanfulla ...
Vernacchio
Danika La Loggia ...
Scintilla (as Danica la Loggia)
Giuseppe Sanvitale ...
Abinna
Genius ...
Liberto arricchito
Lucia Bosé ...
La matrona
Joseph Wheeler ...
Il suicida (as Joseph Weelher)
Hylette Adolphe ...
La schiavetta
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Storyline

In first century Rome, two student friends, Encolpio and Ascilto, argue about ownership of the boy Gitone, divide their belongings and split up. The boy, allowed to choose who he goes with, chooses Ascilto. Only a sudden earthquake saves Encolpio from suicide. We follow Encolpio through a series of adventures, where he is eventually reunited with Ascilto, and which culminates in them helping a man kidnap a hermaphrodite demi-god from a temple. The god dies, and as punishment Encolpio becomes impotent. We then follow them in search of a cure. The film is loosely based on the book Satyricon by Gaius Petronius Arbiter, the "Arbiter of Elegance" in the court of Nero. The book has only survived in fragments, and the film reflects this by being very fragmentary itself, even stopping in mid-sentence. Written by Steven Pemberton <Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl>

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boy | friend | suicide | cure | student | See more »

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Rome. Before Christ. After Fellini.

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Drama | Fantasy | History

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

United Artists paid more than $1 million for the distribution rights to Gian Luigi Polidoro's Satyricon (1969) to keep it off the market until after the release of this film. See more »

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In one version, Joseph Wheeler is credited as 'Joseph Weelher'. See more »

Quotes

Eumolpo: All those named as beneficiaries in my will, except the freemen, will come into possession of all I've left behind on the condition they rip my body into pieces and eat me in full view of everyone. I urge my friends not to reject my invitation but to devour my body with the same enthusiasm with which they sent my soul to hell.
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Soundtracks

The Drums for the Niegpadouda Dance
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Fellinis take on classical myths and culture
3 April 2005 | by (Tellus) – See all my reviews

Permeated with hedonism and sexuality, highly theatrical, very bizarre and surrealist while still keeping it on the ground and making it more potent and little coherence storywise; its fragments of Petronius classic (which I haven't read) wrapped in Fellinis incredible imagination.

Scenography, casting and settings are here of the absolutely highest order. Each frame is composed with the utmost care it seems, perhaps inspired by the same artworks found in the movie. Like the old Greeks this movie is made as true art in a non decadent manner contrasted with the decadent Rome we meet in the movie.

There are so much depth to this movie its no use trying to cover them here, but one key theme is, I think, what was described as the flower of youth and the withering of it, that is Encolpio's youth.

Highly recommended if you like a movie out of the ordinary, the images you see here will never be forgotten.


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