Amarcord

Amarcord

3.8 5
Director: Federico Fellini

Cast: Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia

     
 

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Federico Fellini's warmly nostalgic memory piece examines daily life in the Italian village of Rimini during the reign of Mussolini, and won the 1974 Academy Award as Best Foreign Film. The film's greatest asset is its ability to be sweet without being cloying, due in great part to Danilo Donati's surrealistic art direction and to the frequently bawdy injections of… See more details below

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Overview

Federico Fellini's warmly nostalgic memory piece examines daily life in the Italian village of Rimini during the reign of Mussolini, and won the 1974 Academy Award as Best Foreign Film. The film's greatest asset is its ability to be sweet without being cloying, due in great part to Danilo Donati's surrealistic art direction and to the frequently bawdy injections of sex and politics by screenwriters Fellini and Tonino Guerra. Fellini clearly has deep affection for the people of this seaside village, warts and all, and communicates it through episodic visual anecdotes which are seen as if through the mists of a favorite dream, playfully scored by Nino Rota and lovingly photographed by Giuseppe Rotunno.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
"Amarcord" is the phonetic translation of the Italian words "Mi Ricordo" (I remember) as pronounced in the dialect of Emilia-Romagna, the birthplace of director Federico Fellini and the setting of this wonderful film. Little surprise, then, that it is a poignant and bawdy semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale, with an ethereal, dreamlike quality that combines sharply drawn memories with vividly engaging fantasy. Like William Wordsworth, Fellini implies that the child is father to the man, and Amarcord is a both a lament for and an homage to his hometown. Employing a picaresque style, Fellini expertly weaves the tales of a wild menagerie of characters in pre-WW II Italy. No mere sentimentalist, he also tackles the prickly issue of the emergence of Fascism. The film takes careful aim at fanatics, while conserving its empathy for the lost, questing, confused, and lonely individuals in its midst. The family at the center of it all, loosely based on Fellini's own, is a well-drawn melange of coarse, pathetic, colorful, clever, and cranky characters. While Fellini does not choose nostalgic sepia tones, he does shoot much of the film in muted colors that seem slightly out-of-focus, as if he were attempting to transport us into a dreamlike state. Blending scenes of pathos and humor, vulgar carnal desire and transcendent magical illumination (the peacock's standing in the newly fallen snow, spreading its magnificent plumage is this film's signature image), Amarcord won the lion's share of 1974's Best Foreign Film awards, including the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, the Golden Globe, and the Academy Award, and it remains a triumph of personal filmmaking.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2006
UPC:
0715515018227
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
4,376

Special Features

Disc One:; New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Audio commentary by film scholars Peter Brunette and Frank Burke; American release trailer; Deleted scene; Optional English-dubbed soundtrack; New and improved English subtitle translation; Disc Two:; New, 45-minute documentary, Fellini's Homecoming, on the complicated relationship between the celebrated director, his hometown, and his past; Video interview with star Magali Noël; Fellini's drawings of characters in the film; "Felliniana," a presentation of ephemera devoted to Amarcord, from the collection of Don Young; Audio interviews with Fellini, his friends, and family by Gideon Bachmann; New restoration demonstration; Plus: A book featuring a new essay by scholar Sam Rohdie, authot of Fellini Lexicon, and the full text of Fellini's 1967 essay "My Rimini"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruno Zanin Titta
Pupella Maggio Titta's Mother
Armando Brancia Titta's Father
Magali Noël Gradisca
Ciccio Ingrassia Uncle Teo
Nando Orfei Pataca
Luigi Rossi Lawyer
Ferruccio Brembilla Fascist Leader
Marco Misul Philosophy Teacher
Fernando Vona Candela
Domenico Pertica Blindman
Gianfilipo Carcano Don Baravelli
Josiane Tanzilli Volpina
Maria Antonietta Beluzzi Tobacconist
Giuseppe Ianigro Titta's Grandfather
Gennaro Ombra Bisein
Alvaro Vitali Naso
Mario Liberati "Ronald Coleman" - Theater Owner
Franco Magno Zeus

Technical Credits
Federico Fellini Director,Screenwriter
Franco Cristaldi Producer
Danilo Donati Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Tonino Guerra Screenwriter
Ruggero Mastroianni Editor
Nino Rota Score Composer
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer
Carlo Savina Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Amarcord
1. Logos/Credits [2:17]
2. Puffballs [2:20]
3. Burning the Witch of Winter [5:11]
4. Smoldering in the Ashes [1:53]
5. The Lawyer [1:38]
6. The School [7:54]
7. Volpina and Poetry [2:13]
8. Table Mannerisms [7:12]
9. Following Gradisca's Derriere [4:20]
10. Touching Confessions [5:48]
11. Parading Fascists [5:48]
12. "The Internationale" [3:37]
13. "Something to Drink?" [5:41]
14. The Grand Hotel [7:09]
15. Il Bel Mondo Cha Cha Cha [1:27]
16. Uncle Teo [3:09]
17. "I Want a Woman!" [6:58]
18. Il Rex [8:05]
19. Floating in the Fog [7:01]
20. An Uplifting Experience [8:08]
21. Snowfall [5:56]
22. A Visit to the Hospital [4:46]
23. The Peacock [1:47]
24. The Funeral [1:49]
25. Gradisca Finds Her Gary Cooper [5:46]
26. Color Bars [5:39]
Disc #2 -- Amarcord
1. Federico and Rimini [7:39]
2. Realism [5:07]
3. Rimini's Characters [9:29]
4. Fascism [8:19]
5. Collaborators [3:38]
6. A Popular Film [3:45]
7. Fellini's Homecoming [6:15]

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