Fellini Satyricon
Fellini Satyricon (1969)

Federico Fellini compares the wild, rebellious pleasure-seeking and ultimately meaningless antics of '60s youth with those of 1st century A.D. Rome in this surreal, absurdist outing that is based upon the writings of ancient Roman… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 10, 2001
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Variety Staff

Federico Fellini presents an incredible fresco-like vision of Rome's social structure 2,000 years ago in which survival and pleasure were man's sole motivating forces.

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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle

Those who don't weaken and bolt for the door experience a one-of-a-kind visual adventure they are unlikely to forget.

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Eric Melin

There's a numbness to the entire cumulative experience. That's where its true effect lies, and Fellini Satyricon is mostly a reminder of how wide open and full of possibility this particular time in cinema was.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A shallow, hypocritical film, without a glimmer of genuine creativity.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It is a surreal epic that, I confidently believe, will outlive all its interpretations.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

It's, by design, an overwhelming film, and sometimes an exhausting one, but the melancholy and wariness keep it grounded.

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Time Out

Fellini's characteristic delirium is in fact anchored in a precise, psychological schema: under the matrix of bisexuality, he explores the complexes of castration, impotence, paranoia and libidinal release.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is so much more ambitious and audacious than most of what we see today that simply as a reckless gesture, it shames these timid times. Films like this are a reminder of how machine-made and limited recent product has become.

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Jon Fortgang

True, the various strands are never bound together, but with material this sumptuous it really doesn't matter.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Fellini's fragmented "free adaptation' of Petronius' epic poem (much of which is lost) jumps around depicting adventures in the Roman world,… More
Cindy I
I've torn between giving this five stars for the quality of the production and none for the perversion of it all. Set in Nero's Rome, it's more… More
Daniel J DeMersseman
Fellini innovated in his time, but it just feels tame and underwhelming by today's standards. On the other hand, I rather enjoyed the dialogue.
Lanning : )
Lots of great words have been applied to this one, including bizarre, grotesque, hedonistic, outrageous. These are all good words, and for sure the Rome… More
Cassandra Maples
The cinema of the silent and Fascist eras in Italy was characterised by epic movies with mostly mythology-inspired themes. Mussolini, who came into power in… More
John Ballantine
Fellini misses the mark in his strange tale from Ancient Rome. The images are vulgar without much in the way of redeeming aspects.