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Amarcord

Italy, Italian, 123 mins

  • Director: Federico Fellini
  • Writer: Federico Fellini; Tonino Guerra
  • Producer: Franco Cristaldi

CGiii Comment

Amarcord won the Oscar for best foreign language film.

Visually, it is almost faultless - a serious of composed vignettes that do nothing but enthrall. Admittedly, a few are clumsy and unnecessary.

There is no plot, the narrative leaves much to be desired. Many will feel a little alienated after a while - proclaiming tedium and vulgarity.

They are right, that is, if you cannot accept that this as an account of memories - a visual journal from a uncomplicated youthful mind mauled by the cynicism of age - perhaps, too complex for many to grasp.

This is truly personal and if you want to get personal with Fellini then, undoubtedly,you will adore its nostalgic sentimentality.

If not, the tedium and vulgarity will have you reaching for the off-button.

We loved it.

The problem is with the sound - Fellini liked to dub - mercilessly - the film suffers because of it.

Watch it in its original language with subtitles - the American-English dubbed version is simply horrid and annoyingly inaccurate.


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The(ir) Blurb...

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. Federico Fellini's film combines the free form and make-believe splendor with the comic, bittersweet feeling for character and narrative we remember from some of his best films of the 1950s. The town in the film is based on Rimini, where Mr. Fellini grew up. Yet there is now something magical, larger-than-life about the town, its citizens and many of the things that happen to them.

Cast & Characters

Pupella Maggio as Miranda Biondi, Titta's Mother;
Armando Brancia as Aurelio Biondi, Titta's Father;
Magali Noel as Gradisca, The hairdresser;
Ciccio Ingrassia as Teo - the mad uncle;
Nando Orfei as Patacca, Titta's Uncle;
Luigi Rossi as Lawyer;
Bruno Zanin as Titta Biondi;
Gianfilippo Carcano as Don Baravelli;
Josiane Tanzilli as Volpina, prostitute;
Maria Antonietta Beluzzi as Tobacconist;
Giuseppe Ianigro as Titta's Grandfather;
Ferruccio Brembilla as Fascist Leader;
Antonino Faa Di Bruno as Count Lovignano;
Mauro Misul as Philosophy Teacher;
Ferdinando Villella as Fighetta, Greek Teacher

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