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Fellini - Satyricon (1969) Poster

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When asked why both the leading roles were played by foreign actors and not Italians, Federico Fellini replied. "Because there are no Italian homosexuals."
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.
Gian Luigi Polidoro registered the title "Satyricon" for his movie first. Federico Fellini fought to use the title for his movie but lost the case. Subsequently the title was changed to "Fellini - Satyricon".
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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.
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The Latin phrase recited by the woman about to commit suicide was: "Animula, vagula, blandula, hospes comesque corporis", the emperor Hadrian's supposed dying words. Hadrian died 72 years after Petronius, the author of "Satyricon".
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Film debuts of Martin Potter and Hiram Keller.
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Martin Potter was chosen because of his close similarity to Terence Stamp, who was unable to reunite with Federico Fellini, for whom he had played Toby Dammit the previous year.
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In October 1968, UA announced that Van Heflin would be joining Michael J Pollard, Mae West, Groucho Marx, and Jimmy Durante. It never materialised.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Boris Karloff was offered the part of Trimalcione, but was too ill to accept the role.
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Federico Fellini: [vaudeville] The comical stage play at the beginning of the film.
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