Far Out West

Fellini's Satyricon

FELLINI: The Satyricon is mysterious first and foremost because it is fragmentary. But its fragmentariness is, in a certain sense, symbolic - of the general fragmentariness of the ancient world as it appears to us today. This is the real mystery of the book and of the world represented in it. Like an unknown landscape wrapped in a thick mist that clears now here, now there, and always only for a short time. p. 25

FELLINI: .... The atmosphere, too, will be the atmosphere of dreams. A great deal of darkness, of night, with shadowy , ill-lit surroundings. Or countrysides like limbos, steeped in an unreal, watery, dreaming sun. Lots of corridors, rooms, courtyards, alleys, stairways, and other such narrow, frightening passages. Nothing luminous, white, or shining. The clothes all of dingy, opaque colors, suggesting stone, dust, mud. Colors like black, yellow, or red, but all clouded as if by a constant rain of ashes. In the figurative sense, I shall try to effect a conglomeration of the Pompeian with the psychedelic, of Byzantine art with Pop art, of Mondrian and Klee with barbaric art. p. 28