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Rome, the Eternal Story: From Ben Hur to The Eagle
Posted January 21, 2011 to photo album "Rome, the Eternal Story: From Ben Hur to The Eagle"
The Eagle explores a part of ancient Roman history rarely seen on stage. But the history of Rome changes throughout history as well.
Slide 14: Satryicon (1969), Ancient Rome through Fellini’s Eyes
Federico Fellini has never fully explained what he was trying to do with Satryicon, a film based, sort of, on the work of the Roman author Petronius Arbiter, and for which he received an Academy award nomination for best director. He once said he was trying to make an analogy between ancient Rome and contemporary society. At another time, he described his film as: “A voyage into total obscurity! An unknown planet for me to populate!” And, taking another tack, he said: “From a pre-Christian to a post-Christian one: Christ has disappeared and we've got to get along without him. This is the relevance of the film to today.” Critic Carl J. Mora writes that the film “reflects Italy's postwar status-no longer a country with imperial or military aspirations but a more prosperous society in which Fellini discerns moral and spiritual decay.”