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

R  |   |  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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Max Born ...
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Alain Cuny ...
Fanfulla ...
Danika La Loggia ...
Scintilla (as Danica la Loggia)
Giuseppe Sanvitale ...
Genius ...
Liberto arricchito
Lucia Bosé ...
La matrona
Joseph Wheeler ...
Il suicida (as Joseph Weelher)
Hylette Adolphe ...
La schiavetta


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 <>

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Rome. Before Christ. After Fellini.


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Fellini Satyricon  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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In some ways very close to the book.
29 July 2000 | by (Oregon USA) – See all my reviews

...and because I had read "Satyricon" before I saw it I probably was less baffled by the movie than most people. Very little survives of the content of original story, a few longish bits and lots tiny fragments, sometimes as short as a sentence or a word. All disconnected from each... ...ning and end of Petronius' novel are missing, what we have left suddenly starts in the middle without any background or prelude. And each of the surviving bits is the same way, giving few, if any hints, of how our heroes got there from their last adventure, or how their current one will be resolved. Or even what their current crisis is. We can onl... ...bother making a film of from such a fragmentary source? Because Petronius is wickedly funny and has a gifted insight into human... ...participant in the decadence and depravity, yet judging and commenting on it at the... ...2000 years been read and translated... ...amorallity, but social standards always... ...Fellini captures the spirit not only of Imperial Rome but of... ...doesn't make sense, so like you do in the original, you have to extrapolate based on... ...satiric, sardonic, and visually stunning... ...enjoy...

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