in about 100 words or less
Italy 129m, colour
Director: Federico Fellini; Cast: Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone, Magali Noel, Alain Cuny
Fellini’s Satyricon can best be described as a surreal visual feast that is comparable to the physical debaucheries of film’s characters who live their lives to the utmost excess. Amid the garish multicolored costumes, profuse sweating, over-eating and sexual lewdness of the Roman inspired characters of this futuristic-looking “history” – we are presented with frame after frame of strangely pleasing artistic images that are arguably unequaled in number from any film ever made. The deliberate incoherence within the story and the disturbing nature of portions of this film only add to the bizarre spectacle and underlying value of this film as a unique piece of cinema in any era (Klaus Ming March 2009).