In this carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the Fascist period, Federico Fellini’s most personal film satirizes his youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge, all set to Nina Rota’s classic, nostalgia-tinged score. The Academy Award-winning Amarcord remains one of cinema’s enduring treasures. —The Criterion Collection
Federico Fellini was born in 1920 to a provincial middle-class family in Rimini, a small town on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The lack of available options to young men in provincial towns is an important theme in some of his films, most notably I Vitelloni and Amarcord. In fact, Orson Welles once described Fellini as “a small-town boy who’s never really come to Rome. He’s still dreaming about it. And we should all be grateful for those dreams.” He initially arrived in Rome as a law student but his career as a satirical cartoonist and gag writer was already well established by then. His childhood fascination with the circus and the Grand Guignol also governed his cinephilia in these early years. His favourite films were American comedies by Chaplin, Keaton, Harry Langdon and the Marx Brothers. It was only after he came into contact with the circle of Ettore Scola, Cesare Zavattini, Aldo Fabrizi and Roberto Rossellini, that he would seriously consider the cinema as a medium of expression… read more
Eh, 4.5 again. I can't quite get to five but four doesn't seem enough! It's a fantastic evocation of Italian life, teenage sexual longing and it is wonderfully shot and very funny at times with unforgettable characters!
Amarcord stands as testament to the grandeur of Fellini’s mastery of the cinematic form, both stylistically and thematically. Here he presents a visceral recollection of his upbringing in… read review
Fellini’s Amarcord is a film that truly lives up to its title. Drawn entirely from Fellini’s memories and imagination, it could only have been made by a director who knows the ways of small Italian… read review
I watched most of Fellini’s Black and White classics and this is my first time watching a film of his in color. Man what the fuck can I say about this movie, except it’s poetic, sensual, hysterical… read review