A dazzling and majestic visual opera depicting men of the godless age
|Cast||Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born|
Ancient Rome, before Christianity had spread widely amongst the people. Two young men, Encolpio and Ascilto, fight over a boy Gitone. Gitone leaves Encolpio, and he is eventually led by the poet Eumolpus, to a banquet of Trimalchio's, a rich man. During the endless, vulgar and uncultured banquet, Encolpio saves Eumolpus who had enraged Trimalchio and was about to be punished, and they escape from the villa, only for Encolpio to be imprisoned in a ship by soldiers. There, the leader of the ship, merchant Lichas who serves the Emperor, is smitten by Encolpio, and unable to refuse, Encolpio must marry Lichas. However, the ship is taken over by the new Emperor's rebels, and Lichas is killed. Encolpio leaves the ship, and becomes free again...
(1920-1993) [Director] Born in Rimini Italy. Fascinated by a circus in his childhood, he was said to have left home many times to chase the troupe. 1939, he begins drawing portraits and writing for the radio in Rome. He also began writing for Aldo Fabrizi’s team around this time, helping their local tours, bringing him closer to the film industry. Post-war, he collaborates with Roberto Rossellini in writing “Rome, Open City” (‘45) delving into the centre of Italian Neorealism. His third film as director “I Vitelloni” (‘53) was highly acclaimed and was awarded the Silver Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival. Then, moving his base to Cinecittà Studios in Rome, he produces “La Strada” (’54), “La Dolce Vita” (’60), and “8 1/2” (’63), becoming one of Italy’s most acclaimed directors.