Dir. Federico Fellini. 1969, 128 mins. Italian with English subtitles. 35mm. With Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Magali Noël, Alain Cuny. The ultimate Fellini phantasmagoria. The maestro’s legendary re-creation of first-century Rome provides the backdrop for a wondrous journey into another world—a free adaptation of Petronius’s satirical ancient novel that is as gritty as it is surreal. Grotesque, erotic, and bizarre, and reportedly inspired by Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures, Fellini Satyricon remains a hotly debated film, but no one can deny its almost constant visual invention.
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