Written by Federico Fellini, Bernardino Zapponi,
and Brunello Rondi
Produced by Alberto Grimaldi
Music by Tod Dockstader, Ilhan Mimaroglu,
Nino Rota, and Andrew Rudin
Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno
Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni
Casting by Enzo Provenzale
Set Decor by Danilo Donati and Luigi Scaccianoce
Costumes by Danilo Donati
Makeup by Rino Carboni
Hair Styles by Luciano Vito
Starring Martin Potter, Hiram Keller,
and Max Born
The many random characters that stare at the camera in every scene, gives the movie an odd feeling of timelessness and erasure of our awareness of the camera. In other words, after a while, it makes the viewer feel less like he or she is watching a movie, but travelling with the characters. The music alternates between and combines African folk chants and futuristic edgy space-music. It provides the perfect unobtrusive background, setting the eerie mood, and at slow parts in the drama, it takes over complementing the images so we never feel a disruption in the exhilarating curiosity.
The title comes from the title of an ancient Roman novel, which the rest of the movie is also based on.