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Fellini - Satyricon (1969)

A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Encolpio
... Ascilto
... Gitone
... Eumolpo
... Trimalcione (as Il Moro)
... Fortunata
... Trifena
... Lica
... Vernacchio
... Scintilla (as Danica la Loggia)
Giuseppe Sanvitale ... Abinna
Genius ... Liberto arricchito
... La matrona
Joseph Wheeler ... Il suicida (as Joseph Weelher)
... La schiavetta
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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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There Is No End...No Beginning... There Is Only the Infinite Passion of Life... See more »

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11 March 1970 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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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". See more »

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

Quotes

Trifena: Venus favours marriages held at sea.
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Referenced in Trick (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Drums for the Niegpadouda Dance
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stunning images, but not everybody's cup of tea
28 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is by far not the best film I've ever seen, but it is probably the most important film I've ever seen. I saw it for the first time when it came out in 69, when I was 16. Before then, I was only marginally interested in films. Something to while away the time. And then I saw Satyricon. And life has never been the same ever since. All of a sudden I realised that film was more than simply recording images, all of a sudden it dawned on me that cinema could be art. Now, maybe Satyricon isn't great art, but to me at that time it was overwhelming. I'm sure other films have had this same catalytic effect on other people. Satyricon got me hooked on film, and I never looked back. I saw the film again about 10 years ago. I was amazed how it was still capable of exiting me. In spite of its wooden acting, its cardboard backgrounds, the unsynchronized lip movements this is amazing movie magic.


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