Satyricon (1969) Gian Luigi Polidoro

Satyricon (1969)
aka The Degenerates
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy | Director: Gian Luigi Polidoro
Language: Italian | Subtitles: English (.srt file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 107mn
TVrip H264 Mkv - 720x404 - 25fps - 1.12gb

Satyricon, also named The Degenerates, is an Italian film from 1969 directed by Gian Luigi Polidoro. It was a pre-emptive attempt to cash in on the expected success of Fellini's Satyricon. Just like the more famous version made by Federico Fellini it is loosely based on Petronius's work, Satyricon, a series of bawdy and satirical episodes written during the reign of the emperor Nero and set in imperial Rome.

In the lead roles were Tina Aumont as Circe, Don Backy as Encolio, Mario Carotenuto as Eumolpo, Franco Fabrizi as Ascilto, Francesco Pau as Gitone, and Ugo Tognazzi as the freedman Trimalchio. An essential change to the story was that the rivalry over a boy is now over a girl. The director and producer were accused of corruption and obscenity, and fined for the production.

When Fellini started work on Satyricon (1969), others were out to profit from his succes by making this version first. It is probably best described as a pre-emptive rip off. It is also based on the Roman text by Petronius, but it was done hastily and shoddily so that they were the first to release it in 1968. To make it less offensive, the quarrel about a boy was changed into a rivalry over a girl.
Fellini's Satyricon, aptly named "Fellini's Satyricon", followed in 1969. Polidoro's version of the Satyricon did not enjoy much screentime. It was bought for a million dollars to keep it off the market. More then it cost or was worth.

Satyricon (1969)

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