For everything Amarcord does, it does right and it does well. It is simplistic in its motives and care free in its narrative. It isn't anything complex or serious. It only seeks to entertain, while also provide a glorious, imaginative, and often times nostalgic look at the simpler times of life.
This film is nothing short of greatness. It is a beautiful film with a lot of comedy and a lot of heart. Fellini created the formula for a generation of filmmakers on how to tell a coming of age story.
Such a sucker for Fellini's boisterous, playful cinematic processions, his almost subversive refusal to buy into the supposed mutual exclusivity of sincerity and silliness, depth and whimsy, real and imaginary... (Making possible, in this case, a film that challenges the privileging of the adolescent male mentality, without sacrificing any of its own boyish charm). Makes me remember to be delighted. 4.5
While there's no central plot in this Fellini's 1930s tribute, it tracks diverse groups of villagers through the changing of the seasons with beautiful italian sights in the background. The peak of Amarcord is of course the playful sense of humour, almost childish and naive but lecherous at the same time.
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!
This is what "Mon Oncle Antoine should have been like. A film that engages the viewer into the fascinating facets of a small town, and doesn't bore. Fellini is a true genius, and a credit to good cinema.
Fellini's most personal film remains his masterpiece--a rich, beautiful pageant of small town life and an examination of one family that is brimming with funny scenes of fantasy and satire, as well as magical moments of intimate nostalgia and pathos as it moves through the cycle of the seasons.
(July 11, 2009 Saturday 1:13 a.m.)
I felt like I was in Italy after seeing "Amarcord" for the first time. Fellini definitely brought out the freshness of Italy's provinces during the facist era. What an amazing picture. 9/10.