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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…
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 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…
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.
Rewatched with Lauren for our Fellini series. Double feature with Bergman's "Cries and Whispers."
Sight & Sound challenge 171/250
Felt disjointed, but there were individual scenes that I really enjoyed. Liked the bouncy energy too, felt like a musical without songs.
Maybe not all, but most of life is in this film. Fellini irreverently portrays a rural Italian town by the seaside. He includes everyone - children, teens, teachers, the priest, politicos, gentry, prostitutes, push cart peddlers, and more. Where does he get all these people? Nothing is taken too seriously, but you can feel a sense of community at the end, that though it may be a farce, we're all in it together.
I don't find Fellini's films rigorous, instead they're chaotic. (Though I've only seen his film Roma, an urban counterpart to this film.) Maybe that's why I like this film, but didn't develop a deep attachment to it. And maybe by rigor, I expect a staid academism. But surely, Fellini's chaos is illuminating. He creates a more-or-less complete portrait of his subject, not zeroing in on a feature like, say Antonioni does with love in the modern world.
Nostalgia as fog.
really enjoyed the first 30 minutes or so and the last 30 minutes or so but the middle didn't really do it for me.
some of the most magical and visceral snow scenes i've ever seen.
an interesting introduction to fellini.
An anthology of skewed memories told through a child's eyes with a recurring group of characters — Just like growing up. You can just tell that this movie came directly out of Fellini's heart. In the most "Fellini" way possible.
I had always heard that this film was about growing up in fascist-ruled Italy, and it is, but more than that it's just about growing up.
It fits into that sub-genre of film that collects semi-connected vignettes meant to evoke nostalgia and tell a coming of age story. Think American Graffiti, My Life As A Dog or half of Richard Linklater's career. This is funny and really enjoyable. It's not nearly as heavy as I thought it would be, but it's light in the best possible way.
I was not prepared for this film's very generous Ass Quotient
Obra maestra. Divertida, surrealista y conmovedora remembranza de la vida cotidiana de un pueblo cualquiera que logra evocar como espectador la alegría de la infancia y de las relaciones familiares y de amustad como algo trascendental. Excelente dirección, puesta en escena y banda sonora del señor Rota. Los personajes son sencillmente inolvidables le dan un ritmo y dejan una huella magistral.
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