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Fellini Satyricon (1969)

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The fall of ancient Rome was brought about by debauchery and hedonism more so than any foreign invaders. Two students leave school to pursue their ribald sexual fantasies. The Roman togas cannot hide director Fellini's contempt for modern youth as he draws parallels between the moral decay of Rome and the hippies of today who live fort he moment. The two engage in homosexual behavior with an effeminate friend, and take pleasure in a Nubian slave girl. Encolpio (Martin Potter) battles the Minotaur in a confusing labyrinth. Ascilto (Hiram Keller) is his friend as he and Encolpio find themselves kidnapped and made into galley slaves by Tryphaena (Capucine). The two kidnap an albino hermaphrodite thought to have magic powers. Drunken orgies and fabulous banquets are the highlights of events for the morally decadent Romans.

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Cast

Martin Potter
as Encolpius
Hiram Keller
as Ascyltus
Salvo Randone
as Eumolpus
Max Born
as Giton
Luigi Visconti
as Vernacchio
Mario Romagnoli
as Trimalchio
Capucine
as Tryphaena
Alain Cuny
as Lichas
Magali Noël
as Fortunata
Lucia Bosé
as Suicide Wife
Donyale Luna
as Oenothea
Hylette Adolphe
as Oriental Slave Girl
Joseph Wheeler
as Suicide Husband
Antonia Pietrosi
as Widow of Ephesus
Wolfgang Hillinger
as Soldier at Tomb
Elio Gigante
as Owner of Garden of Delights
Pasquale Baldassare
as Hermaphrodite
Sibilla Sedat
as Nymphomaniac
Lorenzo Piani
as Her Husband
Luigi Zerbinati
as Her Slave
Carlo Giordana
as Captain of Ship
Suleiman Ali Nashnush
as Tryphaena's Attendant
Luigi Battaglia
as Transvestite
Tania Duckworth
as Brothel Girl
Maria De Sisti
as Fat Woman
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

Federico Fellini presents an incredible fresco-like vision of Rome's social structure 2,000 years ago in which survival and pleasure were man's sole motivating forces.

Full Review… | September 13, 2008
Variety
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A shallow, hypocritical film, without a glimmer of genuine creativity.

Full Review… | September 13, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Fellini's characteristic delirium is in fact anchored in a precise, psychological schema: under the matrix of bisexuality, he explores the complexes of castration, impotence, paranoia and libidinal release.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Those who don't weaken and bolt for the door experience a one-of-a-kind visual adventure they are unlikely to forget.

July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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It is a surreal epic that, I confidently believe, will outlive all its interpretations.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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It is so much more ambitious and audacious than most of what we see today that simply as a reckless gesture, it shames these timid times. Films like this are a reminder of how machine-made and limited recent product has become.

Full Review… | August 1, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
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After Juliet of the Spirits, Fellini decided to push the colorful envelope even further with this dazzling, surrealistic version of Ancient Rome filled with greed, depravity and hedonism, but the big problem is that this disjointed, plotless film doesn't seem to know what it wants to say.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Fellini's fragmented "free adaptation' of Petronius' epic poem (much of which is lost) jumps around depicting adventures in the Roman world, from a decadent orgy/feast to the theft of a hermaphrodite demigod(dess), with a minotaur in between. Almost impossible to follow but always gorgeous to look at, it's a major indulgence from a major director; when extraordinary talent indulges itself, the results are usually worthwhile.

Greg S
Greg S

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Fellini innovated in his time, but it just feels tame and underwhelming by today's standards. On the other hand, I rather enjoyed the dialogue.

   
   

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