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Fellini’s Satyricon: Bacchanalias and Sexual Politics in Imperial Rome and Modern Italy

  • José Maurício Saldanha-Álvarez
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Abstract

Federico Fellini’s movie Satyricon (1969) demystified the historical film genre, with its oneiric poetics, showing sexualized intimacies in ancient Rome, mediated by contemporary perplexities. Paul Veyne viewed the imperial political system as a communicative process in which private individuals threatened by power in the field of politics and sexuality require a ruler who is lord over his own passions. For Michel Foucault, sex in ancient Rome sought pleasure controlled by aphrodisiac; if love was intended for marriage, stable relations, and procreation, sex was pleasure exercised by man as a performative function. With Satyricon, Fellini employed a political strategy to criticize the violence of the state against Italian Christian democracy.

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Filmography

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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Maurício Saldanha-Álvarez
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  1. 1.Universidade Federal FluminenseNiteróiBrazil

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