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Federico Fellini's adaptation of Petronious' myth of Satyricon. In Rome, 500 BC, students Encolpio and Ascilto (Martin Potter and Hiram Keller) fall out over the ownership of a boy named Gitone (Max Born), and go their separate ways. Their individual adventures include a battle with the Minotaur, imprisonment on a galley ship, and a drunken orgy, before the students are eventually reunited.
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Fellini's films are always strange and this is no exception. Much of the dialogue is in latin - perhaps even nonsense latin, as it is not sub-titled [The English helpfully comments "nonsense latin"] The soundtrack is made up of noise: harsh, jarring sounds which leave your ear uncomfortable.
It is not an easy watch
I suspect he has taken the fragments of writing that make up the Satyricon and used the same technique in the film - so there are sudden jumps out of one scenario and into another, with no links, no consummation and n....
So it is a collage. At the end he makes this clear b y panning over a landscape where only fragments of wall-paintings are left standing as witness to the past while the lives they depict are beyond our understanding despite the fact that they were as full as our own.
It is an interesting experiment.
It reminded me of Prospero's Books [which does make sense] in it's visual style and manner.
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