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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…
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.
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…
Leave it to Fellini to capture a coming of age tale whilst showcasing the many aspects of life, death, sex and weather all in an absurd little town.
Amarcord certainly catches the attention of the viewer. Shown to a sold out screening here, the theatre uproars in laughter and falls into silence exactly when is necessary. Why? I believe it having to do with an understanding and respect, from person to person. The laughter comes from the situations many who grow up has found themselves in. What is special about that though is the way Fellini presents us with these situations. They are portrayed with such over-the-top actions that it feels the film is making a sketch. Because there is…
35mm print at the Lightbox, full house. Part of their "Summer in Italy" program.
It's like a Christmas Story meets Fellini. I love me some Fellini doing childhood.
Finally got around to this, and, sadly, it falls in line with the rest of his post 60's work for me. Too episodic, unengaging and Fellini'esque in the bad way. It does hold my attention and entertains at times, but mostly I'm watching the visuals. The snowball-peacock sequence is a beaut.
I want to live in Fellini's Italy. Even with all the wacky goings-on and fascism, he imbues the place with such a lusty allure and there is real appreciation for the quotidian life of his childhood, even as he satirizes it. This film also contains the most scatological humor I've encountered in an Italian film not made by Pasolini.
Impressive as hell and really fun.
My first Fellini. I certainly wasn't expecting this; but it is hilarious. A fantastic comedy and a great portrayal of childhood. The place is beautifully created and comes alive in the most wonderful ways.
Nice to meet you, Fellini.
Amarcord is a film that is bustling with life, Federico Fellini's life to be exact. He's living in his head projecting vignettes from it. They are fun, and lively, with great comedic touch. When it starts snowing in a coastal Italian town, you know all hell is breaking loose, as goes the film.
I first watched Amarcord last week, I thought it was good but not great. But as the days ticked on, the more I thought about it. It latches onto your brain. It's a film you will remember seeing.
Blind Spot #3
I am an Australian, born in 1996. Amarcord is a film about nostalgia, set in 1930's Italy, in a small coastal town. The fact that the images Fellini produces can invoke nostalgia even in me, is perhaps the greatest achievement of the film.
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