Fellini Satyricon (1969)
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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.
A shallow, hypocritical film, without a glimmer of genuine creativity.
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.
Those who don't weaken and bolt for the door experience a one-of-a-kind visual adventure they are unlikely to forget.
It is a surreal epic that, I confidently believe, will outlive all its interpretations.
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.
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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.
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.
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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