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The Fantastic World of Fellini!
A year in the life of a small Italian coastal town in the nineteen-thirties, as is recalled by a director with a superstar's access to the resources of the Italian film industry and a piper's command over our imaginations.
Saint Louis cries when you touch yourself.
Never have I seen a childhood nostalgia film be so brutally honest when it comes to the real life places and people that the story is inspired from. Amarcord comes from the mind and memories of the great Federico Fellini's carnivalesque and alien brain. This film is supposed to be a very personal and achingly nostalgic portrait of the directors youth in a small 1930's seaside village and Italy, and while I didn't grow up in Italy, nor was I born anywhere near 1930, I can tell you that no matter where you are from or how you got to where you are now, Amarcord will feel like home.
However, Amarcord won't feel…
Amarcord is my first Fellini film, which so far seems to be a bad thing. I was really overwhelmed by the style and the grandiose nature of everything, plus it was episodic and fractured and I couldn't follow what the point of it all was. By the end, I realized I kept seeing this one guy's face a lot, so I thought "maybe this film is about him!" Turns out I was right. Amarcord is mostly about Titta, a typical teenage boy who idolizes women and dreams of touching one. There's all this stuff about fascism since it's set in 1930's Italy, and there's lots of romance, farce, and small-town politics at play. All around, I'd say I had a…
In Federico Fellini's Amarcord the great filmmaker takes us through a journey of some of his very memories when growing up in the Italian village of Rimini in the 1930's. The main focus is of a teenage boy named Titta (Bruno Zanin) he's at the stage of his life where he mainly thinks about sex and lives with his mother and his strict father that gets angry every night at the dinner table. We get a glimpse into the life of Titta and his friends and family, it's easily his most sentimental effort that I've seen so far, it's both funny and sweet with the main themes revolving around sex and politics. There is a priest obsessed with the thought…
I forgot about the peacock in the snow. How did I forget about the peacock in the snow?
I was very interested in finally being able to see Amarcord, many say that it is Fellini's last masterpiece. But i didn't go into Amarcord expecting to loving it because this was going to be my 5th movie of his and i had yet to LOVE a movie of his although i got to say that La Dolce Vita, Night of Cabiria and La Strada are very good movies and although i don't love any of those, i feel like re-watching them. So i basically went to Amarcord hoping the best but expecting just a good movie.
Amarcord is Directed by Federico Fellini and it stars Magali Noël, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio and a lot of other "actors" appear in…
Fellini's personal jewel. An ultimate requiem of the soul and a nostalgic look at the human condition, this film is an extraordinary achievement of Italian classic filmmaking.
Fellini's last great film returns to territory covered two decades earlier in the wondrous I Vitelloni and is an episodic study of small town life, loud and boisterous and steeped in nostalgia for his lost youth. He revels in the orchestration of his ensemble cast in the bravura set pieces that pepper the film and his mastery of studio artifice is total. I adored every second of this quintessential Federico picture..
If ever there was a movie made entirely out of nostalgia and joy, by a filmmaker at the heedless height of his powers, that movie is Federico Fellini’s “Amarcord.” The title means “I remember” in the dialect of Rimini, the seaside town of his youth, but these are memories of memories, transformed by affection and fantasy and much improved in the telling. Here he gathers the legends of his youth, where all of the characters are at once larger and smaller than life -- flamboyant players on their own stages.
At the center is an overgrown young adolescent, the son of a large, loud family, who is dizzied by the life churning all around him -- the girls he idealizes,…
"Don't make us crack your skulls open to convince you that fascism is for your protection and dignity. To hell with you ignorant bunch of animals." Fellini's film Amarcord, which is loosely based on his own childhood, is one of his most unique and charming works. The film follows life in a small Italian town over the course of one year. Rather than having a traditional storyline, Fellini reveals the towns cast of bizarre characters through small episodic vignettes, and several times tells the story by allowing one of the cast to talk straight into the camera, which I personal found to be interesting and refreshing. To me, Amarcord may be Fellini's greatest masterpiece. Being a lover of Fellini's work,…
I tend to dislike
Fellini. This is as close
As I get for him.
When Mussolini spoke, it was through a mouthful of flowers. A childhood vividly remembered and beautifully rendered.
Watched this after having watched "Roma" (which in fact is actually the chronological dates they were released) and I enjoyed it much, much more. I loved the larger-than-life characters and especially the "strange" ones. I think it might be the last great film Fellini shot in his lifetime (1920-1993). The influence on Giuseppe Tornatore's "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" and "Malena" is more than obvious. And I absolutely loved "Malena", so I think this is the prototype, hence 5 stars from me! The scenery of the Italian village is just majestic, and the colors really pop-up in Criterion's 2014 Blu-ray release. Wonderfully shot film, from the very first moment. An Italian classic! The non-regular story will probably tire or confuse someone who hasn't watched Fellini again, so I suggest you to start from his earlier work, particularly "La Strada" and "Nights of Cabiria", which I did too, and I think are the most accessible of his 1950s period classics.
A world's view from an adolescent. That's all you need to know for the plot. Going into the Fellini's adolescent world view and experiencing it is another story. The film easily manages to go through different emotions and states like sad and happy, real and fantasy, absurd and reasonable. And if you are lost don't worry, the narrators of the film will bring your attention back.
After the death of Gianni Di Venanzo, his longtime cinematographer, Fellini turned to Giuseppe Rotunno, who turned out to be a great choice to realize the full potentials in Fellini's worlds. While colorful and beautiful, the only difference between Di Venanzo and Rotunno in the colors is that Rotunno's shoots are with softer variations…
This is nostalgia at its best. Looking many years back, the things I would remember are either the most joyous or the most tragic, and that is what Fellini has done with Amarcord. It is also filled with colourful and energetic characters which makes the experience feel so much more personal. The only problem I had in the start was figuring out who the main character was, and even though there might be one to a certain degree, I think the main character is the town and its inhabitants as a society.
Like almost every Fellini, Amarcord is filled with beautiful visuals, and this might sail up as the second best. For me, it takes a lot to take that…
Fellini's semi-autobiographical film Amarcord plays like a scrapbook, a fractured tapestry of memories half-remembered. It's disjointed, it's messy, half the time I didn't know who was who, but it's enjoyable. The tone is playful and vibrant, there are lots of funny scenarios and characters, there's no plot to speak of. The sexual awakening of a young boy scenes reminded me of Guiseppe Tornatore's Malena. I wonder if he was influenced by this film? But yeah, I liked it. It's not a masterpiece though. Sorry, I'll hand in my cinephile card at the door..
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