Fellini’s Satyricon (1969)


“Ascilto… what does the poet say? Each moment presented may be your last, so fill it up until you vomit… or something such?” – Encolpio

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Two young men in ancient Rome experience numerous episodes as they try to gain their freedom.

My Take on it – I have expressed my lack of interest for films made in abstract ways and his is another example of that.

This films narrative is completely incomprehensible and makes no sense at all.

Many people may think that Federico Fellini was a brilliant director and that may very well be true, but just like Terrance Malick’s films, They might look nice but the stories are too allegorical and existential for me to enjoy on any level no matter how hard I try.

Th story here feels very disjointed the entire time and more so completely pointless.

This film is loosely based on a Roman text, and I really hope that at least that story is much more interesting than the one presented here.

The characters presented here are typical archetypes and stereotypes that we can expect from a film about the Roman Empire and the way that everything is presented makes it quite difficult to care about any of the characters at all or even what will happen to them.

The Academy’s love for film makers like Fellini led him to garner another Best Director Nomination for this film, but thankfully, the other four nominees have coherent storylines.

Bottom Line – Completely incomprehensible story that doesn’t make any sense what so ever. Fellini might be a master at directing, but his storytelling in this film is clearly missing since it all feels very disjointed and pointless. The characters are typical Roman archetypes and I couldn’t care what would happen to any of them as long as the film would end sooner. Fellini did get an Oscar nomination fr Best Director for this film, yet luckily there were 4 non-abstract films in the running that year too.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When asked why both the leading roles were played by foreign actors and not Italians, Federico Fellini replied. “Because there are no Italian homosexuals.”  (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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