Satyricon (1969) is a feast (and orgy) of visual treats, rife with plunder for students of fashion. Although based on the surviving fragment of Petronius’ Satyricon, written at the time of Nero, you could make parallels to the whole late ’60’s Woodstock, free love and drugs sensibilities.
The hairdos and headdresses are particularly amazeballs, and it’s a veritable plethora of human grotesques and freaks throughout.
Directed by Federico Fellini, Satyricon has to be the most unique and original vision of ancient Rome ever created on film – don’t expect anything remotely like the stream of Greek/Roman Myth Hollywood movies from the last few year. This is hardcore, a film that deals in visual excess, deviant behavior and cruelty (so, really not that far removed from the Fashion industry then).
Also lookout for the cameo by iconic fashion model Donyale Luna (image below) as the witch Oenothea.
This weekend I’ll be sprawled across my sofa, bedecked in diaphanous layers and a bedazzled headdress, whilst having my rear paddled by a dwarf…just for the sheer, irresistible, goddamn glamour of it all.
Watch the above trailer for Fellini’s Satyricon, and check out more “Friday Box Offices” with Rob Curry, here.