Fellini Satyricon (1969)

FEDERICO FELLINI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

Italy/France, 1969.  .  Adaptation and Screenplay by Federico Fellini, , additional screenplay material by , based on the book Satyricon by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1969.  Golden Globe Awards 1969New York Film Critics Awards 1970.  

For two hours you can save your money on hallucinogenics and take Fellini’s awe-inspiring drug trip.  It’s a thrilling odyssey through a truly bizarre Ancient Rome, a world where the absence of Christianity makes it truly unrecognizable in terms of social values (Fellini described it as science-fiction projected into the past instead of the future). Danilo Donati’s production and costume designs are eye-popping, and Fellini never ceases to amaze with his blocking and camera set-ups. Make sure you see the widescreen version, and if you really enjoy the film, read Eileen Lanouette Hughes’ excellent book On The Set of Fellini Satyricon for some insight into its making.   plays the main character Encolpius, who journeys the land looking for a little meaning in life after he is thwarted in love and finds himself surrounded by reckless hedonism. As in all Fellini’s films, the cyclical nature of the storytelling moves episodically, ending with the passion for continued living despite the questions that remain unanswered.

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