Sunday, September 17, 2006
HB Presents: Culture Sunday
In an attempt to culture myself, I have decided to watch a fellini movie, "Satyricon" to be exact. A 1969 production of the ancient, first century Roman novel found only in pieces when discovered. Just as fragmented, the movie "Satyricon" is a fantastical journey into the indulgence and excess of man in this early society. While truly bizarre, with a weak plot and an achingly long running time, Satyricon has an absolutely amazing aesthetic element. Brilliant, ellaborate sets and costuming, a colorful explosion full of dramatic scenes depicting Roman cities, massive temples, the open sea and desert to name only a few. I liked what Roger Ebert said:
"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.."
It really is a sight to be seen and stands out artistically to anything made today.
So if you would like to see what it would be like to live as a total glutton;Eating, drinking, fighting and flirting, check out Fellini's Satyricon.