A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
"I want a woman!" ~ Uncle Teo
The Italian title "Amarcord" has been rendered in English as "I Remember," and quite rightly this a very personal reminisce about the past of writer-director Federico Fellini. It focuses on the 1930s when he was growing up in the Italian village of Rimini and Fascism was on the rise in Italy. By now, having seen seven of his films, I think I have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the "Maestro."
Typical of Fellini, the film is episodic, reflecting memories of childhood fantasies as well as real events and people. There are the schoolboy pranks. the meals and bickering at home, the youthful crush on the town beauty, and the…
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…
A truthful collection of lies.
Amarcord is a bit much to wrap your head around in a single viewing. Generally speaking, there's no central protagonist or plot, and instead of this traditional narrative structure, the film offers what is basically a series of vignettes that involve a similar set of characters and that take place in a similar setting. What it's about isn't totally obvious—which is probably for the best, rather than having them shallowly play out on the surface—but what is obvious is that it's less a customary story about a single person and more a chaotic poem about a specific place and time.
Most of the events of Amarcord occur in a small, rural village in Italy, and…
Amarcord is delightful. It's real movie magic. The unapologetically contrived kind. It's perfectly unreal. It's achingly terrific. Amarcord is compelling in all the ways that really, actually matter. It's astonishingly artificial but pure and true. It's one of my favorite all-time films.
It's real-life magic. It's honest-to-God supernatural. It's a very special film. Amarcord changed my life. I feel like I've never truly understood cinema until now. I feel like I can do anything. I feel like magic must feel. I feel like fairy dust.
If you really asked me and if I really felt like answering honestly, I'd probably admit that the ways that I remember my childhood aren't the ways that I actually lived them. I had a…
First of all, Nino Rota's divine soundtrack. Someone said it is the music of nostalgia.
Tonino Guerra, a great poet, and his screenplay. He also wrote Tarkovsky's Nostalghia
The voyage at night toward the Rex returning from America, one of the most magical scenes ever made in cinema. Gradisca's confessions, the blind man playing his accordion and asking "how is it"- the starry sky.
The discreet death of the mother, Pupella Maggio, one of the greatest Italian theater actresses of the twentieth century.
The night "passeggiate" in Fellini's invented village at Cinecittà, the closed stories, the movie theater, the main square, the balconies.
The joy, freedom, fear, and magic of youth, and the end of magic with Gradisca's wedding.
One wonders where such deep reactions to a film come from.
After just rewatching Amarcord I can say it is one of my favourite movies. As soon as you enter this small coastal town in Italy you fall in love. This movie makes me feel a certain way not many films do. It's hard to explain, but it feels like you're apart of this town. By the end of the movie you don't want to leave. Just like Gradisca finds it hard to leave, as she cries and enjoys the last moments at her wedding.
There is so many characters and each one so interesting and fun. There may be no set story, or lead character, but that doesn't matter. You can't help but be in awe at the scenery or…
W/ Peter Brunette and Frank Burke commentary
Didn't know this beautiful funny gem before. It's just such a wonderful little film that put me in a cheerful mood.
What I think is a great film is probably the polar opposite of what Carnival Fellini thinks is a great film.
Given the reputation of this movie and how much I admire Fellini as a filmmaker, I was disappointed after it was finished. It's an average movie with a few things to like about it, but nowhere near Fellini's best work. He has a great way of getting across nostalgia and memory on screen, however this one left me feeling a bit empty and didn't grab me the way some of his other films have. I was expecting more.
By far the funniest I have seen of Fellini so far- full of genuinely funny moments of wild, passionate, and jubilant fun. Fellini is able to pretty comprehensively fill out an entire town of people with distinct and interesting character.
What didn't work for me so well unfortunately were the emotional beats, which felt rushed and underplayed compared to the comedy. Some major plot moments (especially towards the end) just didn't hit me as much as I would like. But hey, just watch it for the family dinner scene- so funny!
Fellini's playful, absurdist, and semi-autobiographical view of provincial life in fascist Italy served as the blueprint for so many films that followed, including Cinema Paradiso and My Life As A Dog.
The new 4K restoration looks absolutely stunning on the big screen.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…