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.
Amarcord, or I Remember, is a film about nostalgia, coming of age, and as the title implies, memories. It is a series of just that more than it is any sort of story. More an arrangement of the collective daily life experiences of one town in Italy, just coming under fascist rule. Beautifully shot and well directed.
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