Amarcord (1973)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.

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  • Federico Fellini and Giuseppe Rotunno in Amarcord (1973)
  • Magali Noël in Amarcord (1973)
  • Amarcord (1973)
  • Amarcord (1973)
  • Federico Fellini in Amarcord (1973)
  • Federico Fellini in Amarcord (1973)

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21 September 2009 | bobsgrock
| I remember...
No other film maker remembers like Federico Fellini. He is able to comprehend and contemplate the importance and beauty of memory and images that come to our minds. He did it with practically every film he made, culminating with La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2. Here, towards the end of his career amidst some films that seemed to pretentious or overanxious to amuse us, he presents a story about people. Not just one person, but a whole group of people living in a small coastal town in Italy 1930s.

It may not be his most dazzling or mesmerizing film, but Amarcord is Fellini's most personal journey. It is told through multiple narrators, all who add a little more the picture, but mostly it is told through the incredible images Fellini creates. His use of color is astonishing, balancing bright colors of passion against the dull lackluster colors of white and black. He also gives us multiple fantasy sequences, building on those of Guido in 8 1/2. Here, they are more abstract but more meaningful. There is a young boy probably supposed to represent him, but it is clear Fellini admired and loved all these quirky people. There is Gradisca the village beauty, Teo the crazy uncle, Aurelio the loud and stern father, and Miranda the loyal and loving mother. Fellini films all of them with such grace and affection, you can't help but be swept up into this world. And, as with most Fellini, you really don't want to leave either.

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