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Federico Fellini's adaptation of Petronious' myth of Satyricon. In Rome, 500 BC, two students (Martin Potter and Hiram Keller) fall out over a boy (Max Börn), and go their separate ways. Their individual adventures include a battle with the Monotaur, imprisonment on a galley ship, and a drunken orgy, before the students are reunited.
the quintessential Fellini film, a travelogue through an unknown galaxy, a magnificently realized movie of his and our wildest dreams --New York Times
It is so beautifully composed and imagined that you would do yourself a disservice if, for any reason, you allowed yourself to miss it --New York Post --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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*** Skip the next paragraph if you're not interested in my thought about dubbing ***
I saw the film when it first came out in 1969 at a flea-pit in Bolton. The English dub seemed a bit tacky to me as at that time I was new to Fellini and unused to his practice of being reckless in that department - in his films even the Italian dubs never follow the actor's mouths. I decided, as is my custom, to ignore the English track and follow the subs. What I found was that peripheral and background characters were saying things that weren't subtitled - indeed, so much can be going on with Fellini's cutting and roving camera and the multi-layered soundtrack that I was too busy drinking it all in to be bothered with the subs anyway. When I decided to switch to the English track I was astonished to find it was in fact in English, ie. not American (astonished? don't forget I first heard this dub 46 years ago!). I don't want to appear anti-American. It's just that the usual American voices dubbed onto European film soundtracks sounds as inappropriate as would a cast of cockneys overdubbing say, Goodfellas or Manhattan.
Anyway. Only the main characters have been dubbed and I found this to be a plus as it contributes to the effect of being surrounded by layers of strange sounds and languages, fragments of speech, mysterious hand signs, grimaces, music and rituals from another time. We're not meant to inhabit any part of Satyricon, nor are we meant to identify with any of the characters, most of whom act in the most amoral, bizarre and unpredictable ways. We are outside observers of a distant time and place whose customs and traditions have been long forgotten.
Watching this new blu-ray with it's resplendent colours, beautifully restored, I would like to thank our import duty laws for forcing me to buy a superior version of this wonderful film.
It’s hard to believe now that I watched this movie in a cut screen 4:3 version, after having seen this new Wonderful restored panoramic tableau.
It’s like, you always did see the Mona Lisa only as a close up portrait, but now you discover she has hands, and there is a landscape with water and a little bridge and mountains in the background!
This had some funny consequences too – some of my favorite parts, where actors made strange and bizarre movements, are because of the bigger tableau now more in the background, I first thought they were lost.
This is a film to Watch. It’s dreamy, bizarre, colorful … a tableau vivant, full of many little details.
Pictures and movements glide from one beautiful designed setting to another, filled with experimental theater behavior.
And – Nino Rota, offers a a-typical Fellini soundtrack filled with exotic experimental world music sounds. Beautiful Atmosphere! (CD Soundtrack issued by Quartet Records!)
Don’t go for a story here (there is more than one), but for poetry.
How much I like and love this movie, I dare to admit 130 minutes is a long sit sometimes.
But now I have a movie version to watch back & again, to discover new details again and again.
It’s truth – as the director said – one can see it as a science fiction movie.
Imagine, the Greek & Roman classics issued in the S.F. Masterworks series, and you get it.
Finally in its Full restored pristine version – Thank you EUREKA – Again! A Gem in the Eureka M.O.C treasure box.
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