Orgy, anyone? The bizarre characters and situations that had filled the films of Federico Fellini since his early VARIETY LIGHTS found their ultimate expression in this dreamy, hallucinatory depiction of ancient Rome. Based on the 1st century A.D. fragment of a drama by Gaius Petronius
(with added inspiration from other writings of the period), this film strips away all the glamor and honor associated with the early Romans to expose a society in which conventional morality has little or no significance. But Fellini's desire was not to criticize Rome, nor was it to set the
history books straight; rather, he found the perfect setting with which to parallel the youth ...