Gideon Bachmann

Int.: Federico Fellini, Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Donyale Luna, Salvo Randone, Giuseppe Rotunno, Danilo Donati and others actors and workers on the set of Satyricon by Federico Fellini. Production: Cinemages. DCP. D.: 43’. Col.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

In a compilation film with rhythmic and eccentric visual effects, Gideon Bachmann documents the preparation and shooting of some scenes – in studio and on location – of Federico Fellini’s Satyricon. There are several cutaway scenes with interviews of the director (by others and Bachmann himself) in which Fellini reveals background information about the film’s production and creation. A little gem for understanding the genius of Fellini in action. Bachmann had originally made a 33 minute version, which included a lot of footage of Fellini at home with Giulietta Masina. The definitive version that was distributed was edited down by Bachmann – probably due to Fellini interfering and asking for it to be cut – to 17 minutes, almost half of the original. Never seen before, this recently found print has an extra 10 minutes and corresponds with Bachmann’s original cut. The complete film begins with a significant statement by Bachmann, ‘Fellini follows our work every day with great curiosity. Suspicious, purring like a cat, his eyes are on us more than ours on him. Fellin…ikon: the eyes of a cat!’

Riccardo Costantini

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