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Fellini Satyricon (1970)

Martin Potter , Hiram Keller , Federico Fellini  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone, Mario Romagnoli
  • Directors: Federico Fellini
  • Writers: Federico Fellini, Bernardino Zapponi, Brunello Rondi, Petronius
  • Producers: Alberto Grimaldi
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H9C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fellini Satyricon" on IMDb

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Encolpius is a Roman student who begins by arguing with his friend Ascyltus over the affections of androgynous youth Giton. Ascyltus wins, whereupon Encolpius embarks upon an odyssey, partaking in a drunken orgy and being kidnapped by a bisexual sea captain and his concubine. Encolpius eventually rejoins Ascyltus to visit a suicidal Roman couple, join in a plot to kidnap a "sacred" hermaphrodite, and much more. Loosely based on the book "Satyricon" by Gaius Petronius, the "Arbiter of Elegance" in the court of Nero, Federico Fellini wrote and directed this tongue-in-cheek hymn to the "glories" of pagan times via a bizarre journey through the decadence and debauchery of Nero's Rome.

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reason Movies Exist April 30, 2001
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*Fellini-Satyricon* was the Maestro's first movie in which his name appears as part of the title. It is also one of the most fascinating and origninal films of the 20th century. Every Fellini movie is unique. He had no peers. *Fellini-Satyricon*, however, is a cardinal enry in Fellini canon (not to mention the canon of Italian cinema) because it is the perfection of the new style announced in *8 1/2* and the innauguration of a new visual extravagance that would inform all of Fellini's subsequent films.
The subject, 1st century Rome in all its florid, tumescent decadence, is lovingly transformed through Fellini's comic vision. The self-contained sequences, vignettes really, are not only fair translations into cinema of what is probably the first "novel" in Western literature, they also serve to reflect the fragmentary nature of the surviving evidence of antiquity. Scenes are fitted together like pieces in a puzzle where some of the picture is ultimately lost. This is emphasized by the visual references to broken frescoes, from which the characters seem to emerge and revert back into.
The DVD provides a sparkling, lush, diamond-sharp transfer with a choice of English or Italian soundtracks and English, French, Spanish subtitles.
A word about the dubbing: The English version is much better than the Italian version, for a number of reasons. 1) Fellini dubbed all his actors anyway because he used international casts. There is no such thing as a Fellini movie where the actors are actually speaking their lines in real time. For the most part, different actors were used for the dubbing. 2) The Italian actors used in the Italian dub are horribly miscast. There is just no way that those voices could come out of those people. Physically. The English actors are better.
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually Stunning But Disjointed and Sterile August 10, 2003
If one rates a film on visuals alone, Fellini's SATYRICON would surely be completely off the scale: a phantasmagorical mixture of sensual beauty and the distasteful but evocative grotesque set in an ancient Rome that never was, never could have been, and yet which plays up to every extreme concept we secretly harbor about Roman decadence. The leading men are incredibly beautiful; the women are generally seductively depraved; and the broad vision that Fellini offers is easily one of the visually stunning creations ever put to film.
And yet, oddly, the film is sterile. The story is impossible to describe, a series of largely unrelated events in the lives of two impossibly handsome youths (Martin Potter and Hiram Keller) who begin the film by battling over the sexual favors of a slave boy (Max Born) who alternately unites and divides them until all three find themselves sold into slavery and flung from adventure to adventure, most often with sexual (and frequently homosexual) connotations. Clearly, Fellini is making a statement about the triviality and emptiness of a life lived for physical pleasures alone. But the film is jumpy, disjointed, disconnected; the sequences do not always arise from each other in any consistent way, leaving viewers with a sort of "what the ..." reaction when the film unexpectedly shifts without explanation. In consequence, SATYRICON is ultimately less about any philosophical statement Fellini may have had in mind than it is about sheer pictorial splendor and deliberate weirdness.
Whatever its failings, it is an astonishing film, and one that would have tremendous influence on a host of directors who followed in Fellini's wake--although all to often without his style and vision.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Satyricon, by Le Maestro, Federico Fellini, is simply one of the most enthralling films ever produced. From the phantasmagorial depiction of Roman life, to our two hapless protagonists, Fellini spins a tale of deceit, duplicitous alliances and fascinating intrigues. The visual imagines are dazzling and the stunning plot arcs from bungled kidnapping and incredible travels to retribution and redemption.

If you just don't 'get' this wonderful allegorical journey, do yourself a favor and watch it continually until you do.

Satyricon is a perfect example of the powerful potential of film to transcend the limitations of story telling along with an incredible display of Fellini's marvelous and seemingly limitless imagination.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Petronius would have loved it March 14, 2005
Good ol' Gaius Petronius...If you want to read all about Nero's Rome, you can't beat "The Satyricon". Buy it on Amazon -- or something--

It's as overblown-funny as it is shockingly-disgusting and the author knows it...That is why it's a masterpiece that echos down through history.

Now -- Fellini wants to film it circa 1970?

Well, he (is) Italian...So, I guess he's got first dibs.

My Review: Do not miss one of the great self indulgent classical trainwrecks in all cinema...Who cares if this film sux...It's a one of a kind treat. Gaius Petronius would have loved this surrealistic mess.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding hedonistic delight - Fellini on acid??!! January 30, 2006
By Bacchus
If you're uptight about gay themes or gore steer clear of this one. It's loaded with sex and violence, following its main protagonist on a Gulliver's journey through decadent ancient Rome. Filtered through the lens of Giuseppe Rotunno, with bleak, stunning sets and gorgeous costumes, the film's imagery transcends normal concepts of ugliness and beauty. Its theme is the interplay of Fate and desire, at a time and place where security was tenuous at best and hedonism was the only philosophy worth pursuing. This is Fellini's most adventurous movie. A treat for adventurous viewers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fellini had brought back to life elements of life from ...
Fellini †had brought back to life elements of life from the time of Nero.
Published 2 months ago by Joyce C. Crane
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Fellini Film
I Hate Subtitles. So Glad To Find This In English. Id Get More Of His Films If They Were In English. Oh Well At Least Now I Know What All The Fuss Is About. Fellini.Is Incredible.
Published 3 months ago by MIKE JACOBSEN
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pure Film Master Artist
Fellini, and I must not tell a lie, has always been my favorite director, even in 2014, he may be considered out dated, since Fellini's directing took on a more cultural hippie... Read more
Published 3 months ago by IVAN EDGAR PRATT
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual masterpiece
Visually, probably the best film ever This Fellini classic may have huge jumps in verisimilitude, but Petronius would not complain.
Published 12 months ago by TDL Chicago
5.0 out of 5 stars More thoughts on a great film
The two films in my life that I keep coming back to most are 2001 and Fellini Satyricon. Seen both of them 10+ times. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece of insanity
This movie sets itself apart from most cinema. Must be seen to be believed. It is at turns delirious, disjoint, and overall nearly inscrutable, but never fails to hold one's... Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars Pagan Love Song
Fellini's movies are often episodic rather than plot driven,
and that can put some viewers off. They want a story. Read more
Published 16 months ago by New Yorker
1.0 out of 5 stars Eye-gouging bad
A colonscopy was more fun! If this is what makes Fellini a film genius, I will never watch another Fellini movie.
Published 18 months ago by Kimberly H. Ash
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible-not worth the time
I knew it was a sixties "art film" and in Italian with English subtitles, but I never suspected it would be so poorly acted and so filled with characters that are not the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kenneth Petty
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie of all time!
I was 19 when this movie came out. It has warped my mind forever. God love it. It's even more REAL today than it was back then. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Jerry Dunham
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