What it does, it does exceptionally well. But despite how hypnotizing and 100% dreamlike this whole thing is, despite how visually impressive it is, despite how well crafted and ambitious it is, Satyricon is super uncomfortable throughout. It's what hell must be like. The whole film seems to be like "look what fucked up art already exists, and now look at this fucked up shit i made. hahaha."
The script based on Petronius' partially lost writings is ambitious but flawed. Fellini tries to connect the surviving tales and loses credibility. The highlights: the short but evocative performance of Lucia Bose as a slave owner who frees her slaves and commits suicide with her husband who are facing bad days ahead, The others are Capucine and Magali Noel who have a commanding screen presence in their brief roles.
2-3. It's an intentional desolation of its source material that sucks the magic away from its abstract evocations (like receiving the flame of vitality from the divine mother) by scoring with little more than wind, and peppering the story with frequent outbursts of psychotic laughter. But the bigger issue is the way the movie ceases any kind of momentum for about an hour, making its hero a victim of happenstance.
Fellini’s greatest film imo, to recreate ancient Rome and make it seem so authentic, lush, erotic, grotesque and dreamlike is as if he had crafted a film specifically dedicated to me. Certain aspects of the film are silly, but that’s what adds to its wonderful absurdity. The film transports me to a different time and space and represent the naughty side of cinema that I love perhaps better than any other film.
Fellini called it a science fiction film, but one set in the distant past. Certainly it's a work that transports its audience to a world beyond imagination; casting us in the role of alien anthropologist; here to excavate the ruins of human experience to find the stories within. It's Fellini at the peak of his abilities; filling every inch of the frame with dazzling sequences, grotesque images, humor, horror, poetry.
Man, Satyricon is so hard to watch. That's a huge change of pace for Fellini considering totally his movies are generally very welcoming, and his characters are sympathetic. Not so much for this one. I don't think I could watch it again, but I'm glad I did. I'll say the colours are excellent.
Lo mejor de "Satiricón" es sin duda su puesta en escena. La escenificación de Fellini es carnavalesca, plagada de contrastes y rostros burlescos. Su trama sin embargo no deja de ser irregular. Hay una estructura que merecía una división entre capítulos. La conexión entre las aventuras de este héroe que se asocia con la mitología no tiene grandes giros; son meras secuencias y vicisitudes.
Fellini's Satyricon is an Dionysian celebration of humanity. Visually, it is a magnificent spectacle, rich with sensual colors and beauty which reminds us of the old frescoes of Pompeii. This is a primitive, violent, sexual dream voyage to the ancient world as seen by that amazing imaginative mind that was Fellini's. Many of the characters leave a permanent impression on the viewer, and I particulary enjoyed Gitone.