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Fellini Satyricon [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [Italian] [1969]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Audio commentary featuring an adaptation of Eileen Lanouette Hughes's memoir On the Set of "Fellini Satyricon": A behind-the-scenes diary
  • Ciao, Federico!, Gideon Bachmann's hour-long documentary shot on the set of Fellini Satyricon
  • Archival interviews with Director Federico Fellini
  • New interview with Rotunno
  • New documentary about Fellini's adaptation of Petronius's work, featuring interviews with classicists Luca Canali, a consultant on the film, and Joanna Paul
  • New interview with photographer Mary Ellen Mark about her experiences on the set and her iconic photographs of Fellini and his film
  • Felliniana, a presentation of Fellini Satyricon ephemera from the collection of Don Young
  • Trailer
  • Plus: an essay by film scholar Michael Wood

Synopsis

Fellini Satyricon
Federico Fellini makes his most decadent, undisciplined work in this free adaptation of Petronius' famous farcical chronicle of ancient Roman life. The film opens with Encolpio (Martin Potter) vying with his friend Ascilto (Hiram Keller) for the affections of a young effeminate lad named Gitone (Max Born). When the youth chooses his rival or him, Encolpio begins a journey that has him encountering Romans of every stripe and color. He drops in on an orgy thrown by Trimalchio (Mario Romagnoli), a wealth-loving ex-slave who has spurned his wife in favor of a pleasures of a young boy; he toils on a slave galley, fighting off the advances of Lichas (Alain Cuny) -- the ship's burly wall-eyed captain; he steals an albino hermaphrodite demi-god who is reputed to be able to tell the future; and fails to summon the enthusiasm to make love to a whore-priestess. Along the way, we witness a parade of prostitutes in ancient Rome's pleasure quarters; watch performance by Vernacchio (Fanfulla), an actor whose on-stage specialties include farting and public amputation; and the wonton devouring of a human corpse for financial gain. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Martin Potter - Encolpius
  • Hiram Keller
    Hiram Keller - Ascyltus
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    Max Born - Giton
  • Salvo Randone
    Salvo Randone - Eumolpus
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    Mario Romagnoli - Trimalchio
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