A glorious mess of mechanical sexual encounters of an increasingly desperate nature, as the great libertine of legend is reduced to a chalky caricature in Fellini’s baroque but depressing view of sexual myth and high artifice.
It doesn’t entirely hang together being little more than a series of ornate vignettes and Fellini having little empathy with the subject is a considerable drawback at near three hours. However, it’s the expected triumph of art direction and costume. Rota’s music is inspired: mixing tinkling glass bottles, murmuring strings and syncopated electronic beats. The dubbing, however, is horrible.