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Federico Fellini makes his most decadent, undisciplined work in this free adaptation of Petronius' famous farcical chronicle of ancient Roman life. The film opens with Encolpio (Martin Potter) vying with his friend Ascilto (Hiram Keller) for the affections of a young effeminate lad named Gitone (Max Born). When the youth chooses his rival or him, Encolpio begins a journey that has him encountering Romans of every stripe and color. He drops in on an orgy thrown by Trimalchio (Mario Romagnoli), a wealth-loving ex-slave who has spurned his wife in favor of a pleasures of a young boy; he toils on a slave galley, fighting off the advances of Lichas (Alain Cuny) -- the ship's burly wall-eyed captain; he steals an albino hermaphrodite demi-god who is reputed to be able to tell the future; and fails to summon the enthusiasm to make love to a whore-priestess. Along the way, we witness a parade of prostitutes in ancient Rome's pleasure quarters; watch performance by Vernacchio (Fanfulla), an actor whose on-stage specialties include farting and public amputation; and the wonton devouring of a human corpse for financial gain. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:September 3, 1969

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Federico Fellini Best Director 1970 Nominee

Cast

Hiram Keller
as Ascyltus
Max Born
as Giton
Salvo Randone
as Eumolpus
Mario Romagnoli
as Trimalchio
Magali Noël
as Fortunata
Capucine
as Tryphaena
Alain Cuny
as Lichas
Lucia Bosé
as Wife
Joseph Wheeler
as Husband
Hylette Adolphe
as Slave Girl
Tanya Lopert
as Empress
Elisa Mainardi
as Ariadne
Lorenzo Piani
as Nymphomaniac's husband
Fanfulla
as Vernacchio
Wolfgang Hillinger
as Soldier at Tomb
Luigi Battaglia
as Transvestite
Danika La Loggia
as Scintilla
Donyale Luna
as Oenothea
Gordon Mitchell
as Robber
Richard Simmons

Crew

Federico Fellini
Director
Alberto Grimaldi
Producer
Federico Fellini
Screenwriter
Brunello Rondi
Screenwriter
Bernardino Zapponi
Screenwriter
Giuseppe Rotunno
Cinematographer
Andrew Rudin
Composer (Music Score)
Tod Dockstader
Composer (Music Score)
Carlo Rustichelli
Composer (Music Score)
Ilhan Mimaroglu
Composer (Music Score)
Nino Rota
Composer (Music Score)
Ruggero Mastroianni
Editor
Danilo Donati
Production Designer
Danilo Donati
Art Director
Giorgio Giovannini
Art Director
Luigi Scaccianoce
Art Director
Danilo Donati
Set Designer
Danilo Donati
Costume Designer
Adriano Pischiutta
Special Effects
Rino Carboni
Makeup
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