Le Satyricon

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Georges Antoine Rochegrosse (1859-1938), “Le Satyricon” by Gaius Petronius, 1910

I have coincidentally seen this picture in media and was fascinated. Not only because of the amazing effect on me but also it reminded me of one of the greatest movies of all time: Fellini’s Satyricon.

Georges Antoine Rochegrosse is a French painter. Whom I didn’t know how fascinating one he was.

And Gaius (or Titus) Petronius Arbiter, was a Roman courtier during the reign of Nero. He is generally the one who was probably the author of the Satyricon, a satirical novel, which was written during the Neronian era. The Satyricon, or Satyricon liber, is a Latin work of fiction in a mixture of prose and verse. And as we know, the word Satire comes from this.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">When I saw this picture I was fully surprised how similarity fits with the actor: Max Born as Giton, and I've been more astounded when I found out that this "young boy" as I'd presumed, is really three years older than me!When I saw this picture I was fully surprised how similarity fits with the actor: Max Born as Giton, and I’ve been more astounded when I found out that this “young boy” as I’d presumed, is really three years older than me!

Federico Fellini was and is one of the greatest film-makers in the world and also one of the geniuses who changed my view in the way of seeing things.

I can remember well when Al and I with two other close friends; Bijan and Nasser (they were a pair: Bijan’s a Bi and Nasser was too young to decide!) who had studied in the College of Beautiful Arts with me, after spending our crazy nights together, as the young boys always do, we had to get off out of bed early in the morning to run to catch the bus for being on time into the cinemas, to see such of these movies in the Film Festivals, which were running once in a while in Tehran.

Those days in the early 70s, there were no videos or cartridges to see the beloved and special art-movies. We had only this opportunity to see such Masterpieces. In the Shah’s time, it was possible. Though, the traces of the scissors of the censorship were visible here and there.

We’ve watched this and the other such as “Art-Movies” so often it was possible; so long as they were running on the big screen every time. And every time we’ve enjoyed more. And Federico Fellini’s Cinecittà was not only a Film Studio for us, but it was also a world, to dream and let it be dreaming.

Finally, something for the background.

A clip from “Ciao, Federico” in which young Max Born, dressed for his role as Giton in Satyricon, sings the Bob Dylan song, Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”

And for the fans.


http://Georges-Antoine Rochegrosse – Wikipedia


http://Fellini Satyricon

9 thoughts on “Le Satyricon

  1. Thank you so much Aladin for introducing me to Rochegrosse and (Fellini’s) Satyricon. I can see how they and other “Art House” artists have influenced you in your creative life. It’s wonderful to think of you, Al and your your friends seeking out those places to “dream” and “be” in. Love and light, Deborah.

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