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Satyricon [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Martin Potter , Hiram Keller , Federico Fellini    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone, Mario Romagnoli
  • Directors: Federico Fellini
  • Writers: Federico Fellini, Bernardino Zapponi, Brunello Rondi, Petronius
  • Producers: Alberto Grimaldi
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 10 April 2001
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H9C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,167 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE OF THE GROTESQUE 28 Aug 2002
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Phew! Fellini's wild imagination runs rampant here, with a nightmare journey through a series of brothels with fat prostitutes, midgets, transexuals, a truly sickening Roman feast/orgy with stuffed pigs, a priestess who belches fire from an uncomfortable part of the anatomy, a sinister visit to the lair of the minotaur (the chanting is enough to raise the dead)and a deeply disturbing encounter with a delicate hermaphrodite. It's really too much to digest in one sitting, so I recommend viewing the movie over two days. Not for sensitive souls, but it's certainly a masterpiece of the grotesque. The only other movie that comes close is Burrough's The Naked Lunch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would make Russ Meyer or Ken Russell blush.. 4 April 2011
"Satyricon" from 1969 is loosely based on the incomplete "novel" by Petronius in 1 AD, and is an outrageous satire + i think, a heartfelt cross reference by Fellini of todays society as much as of Roman society in emporer Nero's days. i thinks its satire - reminding us + the cultural + political establishment of our own shortcomings today if power + affluence are given free reign : recognise the behaviour here in our the new ruling oligarchs anyone ? although far from subtle visually it Is astounding viewing (the colours are OTT positively psychedlic (it wasn't intended to be subtle i assume) it IS an amazing film athough not a visually subtle film though thats for sure. dazzling yes - but i still think people new to Fellini should start with his earlier classics such as "La Dolce Vita", "Amarcord" or "Nights of Cabiria", as "Satyricon" dazzles initially then fades + drags a little towards the end. ultimately - it is not one of his best works as it lacks any kind of clear narrative or real development,but still a must see - surely influencing later film director's Peter Greenaway + Derek Jarman's films with their similar rich visuals+ historical narratives.

"La dolce Vita" remains for me (so far) Fellin's best work for its breadth, imagery + wider humanist story. see my amazon dvd film list for Fellini with "Satyricon" recommended for seasoned Fellini afficiandos only i think. go to his film "Amarcord" first before venturing onto "Satyricon". you have been warned.. and yes - film makers Russ Meyer + Ken Russell must have felt equalled in visual overload by Fellini with "Satyricon" ! the key differenc is that Fellini however invokes the decadence + utter ruthlessness of the this era that readers of greco-roman writers :Seneca, Socrates +Aurelius will readily identitfiy with.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reason Movies Exist 30 April 2001
By Stephen McLeod - Published on
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*Fellini-Satyricon* was the Maestro's first movie in which his name appears as part of the title. It is also one of the most fascinating and origninal films of the 20th century. Every Fellini movie is unique. He had no peers. *Fellini-Satyricon*, however, is a cardinal enry in Fellini canon (not to mention the canon of Italian cinema) because it is the perfection of the new style announced in *8 1/2* and the innauguration of a new visual extravagance that would inform all of Fellini's subsequent films.
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. (If you watch their lips, you'll notice that Hiram Keller and Martin Potter are both speaking their parts in English). 3) You'll want to watch, not read, this film. 4) A good amount of the sound that comes out of the characters' mouths is either Latin, gibberish, or some admixture thereof, and, for the most part, what the characters are actually saying isn't all that important.
There are sadly, no extra features on this DVD. A commentary by surviving cast members would have been so great. Nevertheless, this is a DVD that anyone who loves movies should want to own. Highest recommendation!!!
48 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually Stunning But Disjointed and Sterile 10 Aug 2003
By Gary F. Taylor - Published on
If one rates a film on visuals alone, Fellini's SATYRICON would surely be completely off the scale: a phantasmagorical mixture of sensual beauty and the distasteful but evocative grotesque set in an ancient Rome that never was, never could have been, and yet which plays up to every extreme concept we secretly harbor about Roman decadence. The leading men are incredibly beautiful; the women are generally seductively depraved; and the broad vision that Fellini offers is easily one of the visually stunning creations ever put to film.
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. Clearly Pasolini, director of such works as SALO, ARABIAN NIGHTS, and CANTERBURY TALES spent the better part of his largely unlamented life trying to out-Fellini Fellini; likewise, it is impossible to imagine how Tinto Brass and Bob Guccione arrived at the notorious CALIGULA without reference to Fellini's SATYRICON. Such efforts to expand on SATYRICON were merely more explicit and less interesting than the original, and I do not really recommend them--nor do I really recommend SATYRICON for any one other than Fellini fans, for with its oddly disjointed feel it is unlikely to please those raised on mainstream. Still, it is a powerful, remarkably beautiful, and completely unexpected film that must be seen at least once by any one with a serious interest in world cinema, and to those I recommend it without hesitation.
--GFT ( Reviewer)--
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film that transcends the limitations of storytelling 31 July 2004
By John Gallone - Published on
Satyricon, by Le Maestro, Federico Fellini, is simply one of the most enthralling films ever produced. From the phantasmagorial depiction of Roman life, to our two hapless protagonists, Fellini spins a tale of deceit, duplicitous alliances and fascinating intrigues. The visual imagines are dazzling and the stunning plot arcs from bungled kidnapping and incredible travels to retribution and redemption.

If you just don't 'get' this wonderful allegorical journey, do yourself a favor and watch it continually until you do.

Satyricon is a perfect example of the powerful potential of film to transcend the limitations of story telling along with an incredible display of Fellini's marvelous and seemingly limitless imagination.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Petronius would have loved it 15 Mar 2005
By Timothy O. Riley - Published on
Good ol' Gaius Petronius...If you want to read all about Nero's Rome, you can't beat "The Satyricon". Buy it on Amazon -- or something--

It's as overblown-funny as it is shockingly-disgusting and the author knows it...That is why it's a masterpiece that echos down through history.

Now -- Fellini wants to film it circa 1970?

Well, he (is) Italian...So, I guess he's got first dibs.

My Review: Do not miss one of the great self indulgent classical trainwrecks in all cinema...Who cares if this film sux...It's a one of a kind treat. Gaius Petronius would have loved this surrealistic mess.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding hedonistic delight - Fellini on acid??!! 30 Jan 2006
By Bacchus - Published on
If you're uptight about gay themes or gore steer clear of this one. It's loaded with sex and violence, following its main protagonist on a Gulliver's journey through decadent ancient Rome. Filtered through the lens of Giuseppe Rotunno, with bleak, stunning sets and gorgeous costumes, the film's imagery transcends normal concepts of ugliness and beauty. Its theme is the interplay of Fate and desire, at a time and place where security was tenuous at best and hedonism was the only philosophy worth pursuing. This is Fellini's most adventurous movie. A treat for adventurous viewers.
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