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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 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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Rome. Before Christ. After Fellini.

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Drama | Fantasy | History

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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According to an episode of the NPR-WNYC radio program "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" (broadcast January 15, 2011), future fitness guru Richard Simmons is in this film. An American student living in Rome in the late 1960's, he was cast as an obese nobleman in the banquet scene. See more »

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

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14 July 2003 | by (Soyland) – See all my reviews

"Satyricon" is among the weirdest and most colorful, larger-than-life movies I've ever seen, along with Erasurehead, Erendira, Santa sangre, Naked lunch... If you don't like these, don't even try "Satyricon".

On one hand, its many flaws are rather upsetting. The out-of-sync lipping (bad post-sync), the fact that the movie neither really tells a story nor evocates sensible moral or philosophical concepts... so one may say it's actually a dull movie. The violence in this movie doesn't seem to make real sense, neither does the homosexuality, neither does the "romanian decadence" portrait.

On the other hand, the scenography, the sets, the costumes and makup are among the most dazzling ones you'll ever see in cinema, and the cinematography... well... maybe the BEST one you'll ever see. I can't think of any another movie able to compete with "Satyricon"'s mindblowing cinematography. Each scene is a terrific picture, with several visual layers, extraordinary lights and focuses, a lot of invention, of visual flair, and the overall technical mastery is stunning.

The result is something mesmerizing for some, totally disgusting for others. I have to say I'm more on the mesmerized side, because I was mainly focused on the visual/meditative aspects of the movie, not on the narrative ones.

If you're really into cinema, I mean as an artistic media more than as entertainment, you MUST see "Satyricon", as it's to my sense the most *visually* outstanding movie ever made. Be prepared for some disappointment about the movie as a whole, though...


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