(1969) is widely considered Fellini's best.
|It is very loosely based
on the classic of the same name by Petronius. It is about the
decadence and debauchery that would eventually lead to the decline of
the Roman civilization, and it is often thought that Fellini saw this
as a parallel to society at the end of the 60's. Like any Fellini
film, it is all about images and symbolism. In this case, some of the
imagery is superlative. The film is full of assorted breasts and buns,
but I was only able to identify one actress, Hylette Adolphe, who had
a very lengthy topless scene.
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|The film is really a
series of vignettes, with some common characters.
In one of the stranger segments, two
characters kidnap a Hermaphrodite child demi-god, so they can get rich
on his powers to heal. Might have worked had they not sun-dried him to
death. There is a great deal of male homosexuality in the film, and
ample hetero action, but no girl/girl. Maltin awards 3 stars,
admitting that it is not a film for everyone, but is a visual treat.
If you want to see exactly what Fellini could do with a camera, this
is one to rent.
I'm not sure what
Tuna means above, but most people consider Satyricon to be one of
Fellini's worst films, if not his very worst. He disappointed a
lot of fans when he went into his highly visual psychedelic stage,
starting with Juliet of the Spirits. Many purists only like the films
he did before 1964. Satyricon is considered to include some of his
most beautiful visuals.
and his occasional leading lady, Giuletta Masina, were married for
fifty years. Fellini died one day after his 50th wedding anniversary.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C+. Definitely a genre art film, I
doubt that it has a lot of crossover appeal, and will give it a
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