Satyricon shares with Roma a few scenes of ancient Rome, not the Rome of gladiators and aristocrats, but the more ordinary Rome, where life is marginal. Scenes of the outskirts of Rome in Roma, with the barren industrial ruins and lingering prostitutes could've been filmed to portray 1975 or 75 C.E. The settings in le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) also evoke this gritty, harsh life. It is this authenticity, this historicity, that gives Fellini's films their impact for me. History seems close to Fellini, as if he were there. The attention to the smallest detail endows his films with credibility.

Notti di Cabiria poster

He did participate in some of the the history depicted in his films; notably and explicitly in Amarcord, but also in I Viteloni (loosely, the Fatted Calves), Juliet of the Spirits (Guiliette degli Spiriti), La Dolce Vita (the Good Life), 8 1/2 (Eight-and-a-half), and more abstractly in And the Ship Sails On and Intervista (Interview). Ginger & Fred, his other "homage" film, was of a history viewed from afar, across culture and class. Ginger and Fred poster

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