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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Since his earlier works "La Strada" (1954) and "La Dolce Vita" (1960) thru "Fellini Satyricon" (1969) and "Amarcord" (1973) till his lasts "Ginger and Fred" (1986) and "The Voice of the Moon" (1990) he has left a legacy treasure for film lovers and film makers.
Most of his films combine fantasy and reality in a rich mixture with no fixed boundaries. The viewer will be attracted and repelled alternatively (especially by the present one) and at the end of each of his movies will go out of the theater (or the bedroom or living-room) knowing that he/she has assisted to a unique piece of art show.
"Satyricon" (1969) is not an easy film to see or to follow due to its shocking images and to its fragmented sequences.
This last is not a Fellinian scheme but the consequence of following Petronius' book as we know it. The original story was never recovered as a whole, beginning and ending are missing, some parts of the text are mutilated in mid-sentence and the action continues at leaps.
Fellini has transported this structure to his film. Sequences starts as from suspense points or end abruptly. Action jumps without clues of what's up in the middle.
The Maestro takes advantage of these disruptions and creates a chaotic collage full of amazing pictures. Each photogram is a canvas that deserves being treasured.
Action has the distinctiveness of dream-stuff and as in dreams anything may occur.
The anecdote in itself is almost irrelevant: two friends compete for the favors of a young slave-boy that alternatively yields to one or the other. The three of them run thru different scenarios: a banquet, public baths, theatrical representation, bordello and many more.Read more ›
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Satyricon is an adventure and a phantasmagoria unlike any other film (Jodorowsky's El Topo is the closest that comes to mind). Read morePublished 9 months ago by rbrogan3
One of my all time favorite films. I love this movie so much, I have memorized it as it has inspired my art work and creativity. Thank you.Published 14 months ago by James Romero
If you appreciate satire of the gluttony of Greece, This will be your new favorite movie!Published 14 months ago by Gary Sammons
It's a crazy flick. It's Fellini. It's cheap. I collect his films so...I dig all of his stuff.Published 15 months ago by Doctor Mysterioso
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