Federico Fellini

Fellini Satyricon

Fellini Satyricon

Federico Fellini’s career achieved new levels of eccentricity and brilliance with this remarkable, controversial, extremely loose adaptation of Petronius’s classical Roman satire, written during the reign of Nero. An episodic barrage of sexual licentiousness, godless violence, and eye-catching grotesquerie, Fellini Satyricon follows the exploits of two pansexual young men—the handsome scholar Encolpius and his vulgar, insatiably lusty friend Ascyltus—as they move through a landscape of free-form pagan excess. Creating apparent chaos with exquisite control, Fellini constructs a weird old world that feels like science fiction.

Film Info

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring an adaptation of Eileen Lanouette Hughes’s memoir On the Set of “Fellini Satyricon”: A Behind-the-Scenes Diary
  • Ciao, Federico!, Gideon Bachmann’s hour-long documentary shot on the set of Fellini Satyricon
  • Archival interviews with director Federico Fellini
  • New interview with Rotunno
  • New documentary about Fellini’s adaptation of Petronius’s work, featuring interviews with classicists Luca Canali, a consultant on the film, and Joanna Paul
  • New interview with photographer Mary Ellen Mark about her experiences on the set and her iconic photographs of Fellini and his film
  • Felliniana, a presentation of Fellini Satyricon ephemera from the collection of Don Young
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Michael Wood

New cover by Edward Kinsella

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Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring an adaptation of Eileen Lanouette Hughes’s memoir On the Set of “Fellini Satyricon”: A Behind-the-Scenes Diary
  • Ciao, Federico!, Gideon Bachmann’s hour-long documentary shot on the set of Fellini Satyricon
  • Archival interviews with director Federico Fellini
  • New interview with Rotunno
  • New documentary about Fellini’s adaptation of Petronius’s work, featuring interviews with classicists Luca Canali, a consultant on the film, and Joanna Paul
  • New interview with photographer Mary Ellen Mark about her experiences on the set and her iconic photographs of Fellini and his film
  • Felliniana, a presentation of Fellini Satyricon ephemera from the collection of Don Young
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Michael Wood

New cover by Edward Kinsella

Fellini Satyricon
Cast
Martin Potter
Encolpius
Hiram Keller
Ascyltus
Max Born
Gitón
Salvo Randone
Eumolpus
Il Moro
Trimalchio
Magali Noël
Fortunata
Capucine
Tryphaena
Alain Cuny
Lichas
Fanfulla
Vernacchio
Danica la Loggia
Scintilla
Lucia Bosé
The suicides
Joseph Wheeler
Tanya Lopert
The emperor
Hylette Adolphe
The slave girl
Gordon Mitchell
The thief
Luigi Montefiori
The minotaur
Marcello di Folco
The proconsul
Elisa Mainardi
Arianna
Donyale Luna
Oenothea
Carlo Giordana
The captain
Credits
Director
Federico Fellini
Story and screenplay
Federico Fellini
Story and screenplay
Bernardino Zapponi
From the book by
Gaius Petronius Arbiter
Production design
Danilo Donati
Costumes
Danilo Donati
Latin consultant
Luca Canali
Director of photography
Giuseppe Rotunno
Optical effects
Joseph Nathanson
Edited by
Ruggero Mastroianni
Music
Nino Rota
Music
Ilhan Mimaroglu
Music
Tod Dockstader

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Federico Fellini

Writer, Director

One of Italy’s great modern directors, Federico Fellini was a larger-than-life maestro who created an inimitable cinematic style combining surreal carnival with incisive social critique. While his most popular—and accessible—film, the darkly nostalgic childhood memoir Amarcord, is a great entryway into his oeuvre, , a collage of memories, dreams, and fantasies about a director’s artistic crisis, is perhaps his masterpiece. In his early career, Fellini was both a screenwriter for neorealist pioneer Roberto Rossellini and a newspaper caricaturist in postwar Rome, competing influences he would bring together with startling results. After such early works as I vitelloni, Fellini broke away from neorealism’s political strictures with the beloved La strada, and from there boldly explored his obsessions with the circus, societal decadence, spiritual redemption, and, most controversially, women, in such films as Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits, and And the Ship Sails On.