This is a highly unusual film: highly fragmentary (like the bits of surviving text its based on), obscene, cruel, and unintelligible. (Would it not be great if a very long series of films were made of Plutarch's Lives instead (if one has to choose from the classics)?) Because its one odd episode after another, there is not much of a plot. Very awkward; one must be rather patient and a bit knowledgeable (I had already read Petronius, though many years ago) in order for it to be bearable.

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