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This picture will be science fiction. You are astonished? But science fiction can be in the past as well as the future. This picture is a trip back to Nero’s time, and that means it is a trip into an unknown dimension. What do we know about the Romans? This has made problems for me. My other pictures have all been autobiographical to one degree or another… But now I must become detached, and that has been very hard work.

First I have to invent this world of Nero. Then I must see it from a very narrow point of view, so it will appear foreign and unknown. I am examining ancient Rome as if this were a documentary about the customs and habits of the Martians. To be detached from your own creation is unnatural—I must look on my son as a stranger…

Because the film is so detached, the sex in it will not be erotic. Everyone says Fellini is making a dirty movie. But everything will be abstract, detached. The sex in SATYRICON will be like those ancient Indian statues on the positions of love. Even as you see a woman kissing a monster, it means nothing, because it is so old, so far away, from another civilization…

If you see with innocent eyes, everything is divine… All artists are equal when they are themselves. — Federico Fellini


Wednesday, January 22, at 7 pm.


11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

Pasadena 7

673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.


2017 North Maryland Avenue, Glendale.

Federico Fellini, Fellini Satyricon (1969), from top: Hiram Keller; Keller and Martin Potter (right); Mario Romagnoli (right); Fellini with actor on set; Fellini Satyricon; Capucine; U.S. poster; Fellini Satyricon; Keller.



Steve Seid—a former curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive—led BAMPFA’s recent restoration of LUMINOUS PROCURESS (1971), and will co-present the film at Redcat with Dirty Looks and Bradford Nordeen.*

This San Francisco Satyricon (and the film debut of The Cockettes), is “a lavishly appointed queer underground epic,” and the only feature film directed by the late, great Dalí protégé Steven Arnold.**


LUMINOUS PROCURESS, Monday, March 26, at 8:30.

REDCAT, Disney Hall, Music Center, 631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.


See: stevenarnoldarchive.com

*The Walker Art Center joined BAMPFA in restoring the film.

** filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu/luminous-procuress

Above: Still from Luminous Procuress.

Image credit below: Dirty Looks.

Bottom: Pandora in Luminous Procuress.


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