Director: Federico Fellini

129 mins, Italy, 1969, Digital, Subtitled

Loosely based on the work of Petronius, Satyricon was described by its director as a science fiction film, despite its setting in ancient Rome. As its source material survives only in fragmentary form, so the film itself is a succession of fragments, even ending mid-sentence. It begins with friends Encolpio (Martin Potter) and Ascilto (Hiram Keller) arguing over possession of slave Gitone (Max Born), who is lover to both men. When Gitone chooses Ascilto, Encolpio is bereft. As the story moves on, Fellini presents audiences with a series of stories of masters and slaves in which myth and reality are blurred. It is perhaps the film in which the director’s fascination with excess is most indulged, featuring scenes of uncharacteristic violence and sex. 

Screening as part of the Federico Fellini retrospective, April 4th to 30th.

Book Tickets

Thursday 20th