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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…
"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…
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…
Fellini's semi-autobiographical portrait of one year in a small town near Rimini is infused with mischief and nostalgia (the title means 'I remember').
1930's Italy is invoked with great affection as a cavalcade of memorable characters, buxom ladies, and almost carnival grotesques come and go; wink, gurn and break the fourth wall in relentlessly entertaining fashion.
What story there is meanders like a lazy, twisty river - more a series of vignettes - but this is what memory does, and Fellini realises this. This is why some of the characters are a tad forgetful or are interrupted during grandiloquent speeches, occasionally by the unexplained mad motorcyclist who tears through the town at random points.
Highlights include a hilarious montage of…
Wild, often hilarious and crazy in its style, Amarcord is one of director Fellini's best. Autobiographical to a huge extent, the film dives into a small town in Italy where we see family arguments and teenage boys sexual fantasising (and an outrageous, but funny, scene involving a large breasted woman and a teenager). My only complaint was the film never really had a core focus, but that was okay for the kind of film it was. Somewhat episodic, Amarcord shows different things going on in the small town with the narrator who seems to jump in unexpectedly throughout the film, and plays out like a series of memories. This is Fellini at his funniest making Amarcord a wonder to watch.
Beautifully shot and full of wonder
I was put off initially by the mending and juvenile portrait of a small Italian city, but as it develops Amarcord becomes more poignant and thought-provoking. It's far from my favorite Fellini film, and yet his craftsmanship is well on display and the film feels extremely effortless. One of the few films containing countless fart and urine jokes that still feels like it has something grand to say about the world. I failed to fully understand a consistent narrative through-line. It felt like many vignettes strung together without a central theme or character. That's okay though. Amarcord is just the year in the life of one small village containing specific truths only pertaining to itself. Yet that specificity actually creates a story with immense universality.
For some reason, I can't watch a Fellini film in one sitting. There's something about the worlds that he makes that forces me to take a break. Amarcord is no exception, and for the first time since La Strada, it felt like it was for all the wrong reasons. The episodic storytelling, which is a staple of Fellini's, felt unfocused on any characters, and seemed to be painting in too broad of strokes.
Fortunately, in watching the second-half, I saw that it was finally honing its sights on a primary family, and brought with it the best set pieces of the film. We get a beautiful fleet of boats during a sunset, and a great scene that shows the paved sidewalks and roads after a five-foot snowfall, resembling a corn maze.
This is Fellini at his most nostalgic. Maybe because of that, it doesn't work quite as well as his greatest masterpieces. We're not the intended audience here, he is.
Segunda película de The «Breakfast Club» Film Cycle sugerida por mí.
Simplemente Federico Fellini no falla con sus películas, o por lo menos no conmigo. Amarcord es posiblemente una de las películas que más he querido ver desde que estoy en Letterboxd.
Cuenta con una magia única, unos personajes, como es de costumbre en las películas del autor de 8½, increíbles, como también las maravillosas composiciones de Nino Rota. Cabe destacar que es mi primera película que veo a color de su filmografía y debo admitir que extrañé un poco sus blanco y negro.
Amarcord, significa en lengua románica "recuerdo", así que este es una autobiografía que Fellini nos entrega y de qué manera. La película pudo haber durado 5…
"We're gonna take pictures now."
Amarcord is quite beautiful. It feels distinctly like a memory that doesn't try to pass itself off as anything else. Nobody here pretends they are real. The characters portray themselves as archetypes - the "boys will be boys" boys, the sex crazed prostitute, the walking sensuality of Gradisca, the lovable crass old man... it's as if these characters all came in from the cinematic wings, just outside the frame at any given moment, to playact Fellini's memories.
Memories. Large. Grandiose. False. But true in spirit. Amarcord is not how moments were, but how moments felt. Not how I was, but how "I remember." These are the recollections of youth, when the town is small, strangers…
Porque todos hemos sido el tío loco, arriba del árbol, gritando "voooooglio una dooooonna!!!!!"
It wasn't quite the overwhelming cinematic experience like with La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2, but Amarcord is still an entertaining and joyous trip down memory lane, Fellini-style. All this with an added sense of melancholy, as this is set in Italy while they were ruled by Mussolini. Fellini simultaneously lampoons and laments the lives of these characters. It's an enjoyable film that happens to have a lot on its mind.
Fellini's nostalgic semi-autobiography brings the audience into one year in the life of a 1930's Italian town. The film loosely follows a young boy's coming of age experiences such as life, death, family and most important, his fascination with women.
What makes Amarcord great is how personal and authentic it feels. Fellini's portrayal of the town and it's inhabitants engrosses the viewer into each character's lives and makes you feel as if you've known this town and it's story your whole life and are simply living out a year with them.
This is how today was supposed to go: I would finally get to see my first Federico Fellini film. The film would be Amarcord, the Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film. I would pop the disc in and be completely mesmerised for two hours. I would then (once I'd gathered the appropriate words to describe the film) proceed to publish a review of the movie here on Letterboxd where I describe the film as a "masterpiece" or use the word "amazing" as I often do. Simply put, I would be greatly impressed by the film and its director.
This was not the case, however.
The film began and for about forty minutes I was, indeed, greatly impressed. After…
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