Amarcord (1973)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  19 September 1974 (USA)
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pupella Maggio ...
Gradisca (as Magali' Noel)
Ciccio Ingrassia ...
Nando Orfei ...
Luigi Rossi ...
Bruno Zanin ...
Gianfilippo Carcano ...
Maria Antonietta Beluzzi ...
Giuseppe Ianigro ...
Ferruccio Brembilla ...
Antonino Faà di Bruno ...
Count (as Antonino Faa' Di Bruno)
Mauro Misul ...
Ferdinando Villella ...


A year in the life of a small Italian coastal town in the nineteen-thirties, as is recalled by a director with a superstar's access to the resources of the Italian film industry and a piper's command over our imaginations. Federico Fellini's film combines the free form and make-believe splendor with the comic, bittersweet feeling for character and narrative we remember from some of his best films of the 1950s. The town in the film is based on Rimini, where Mr. Fellini grew up. Yet there is now something magical, larger-than-life about the town, its citizens and many of the things that happen to them. Written by alfiehitchie

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Director Federico Fellini has denied that the movie is autobiographical, but agreed that there are similarities with his own childhood. See more »


When the carriage is hidden behind the farmhouse, its position in relation to the shadow changes between shots. As it is driven behind the building, it is in shadow; when next shown it is out of the shadow. See more »


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It's much like a catalogue of bitter-sweet memories
15 December 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

In the corners of the mind there are memories....bitter, sweet, scary, embarrassing, wonderful....and they topple out unexpectedly and for little reason at any moment.

Such is Fellini's treatment of this film. With no real story line, we are offered a series of events....a collection drawn from his own experiences and I would suspect from his vivid imagination.

While all the characters are interesting in their earthy approach to life and its problems, some of the episodes related are scarcely worth mentioning while others are quite outstanding in their appeal. I like particularly the Greek lesson in which a little girl is taught correct pronunciation, the excitement of a celebratory bonfire with little boys playfully exploding crackers among unsuspecting villagers, a priest rather too interested in details during the confessional, Uncle Teo's eccentric behaviour and the rifle fire bringing down the bells from the belfry.

There are magic moments too. The builder afloat with friends on a calm sea looks up at the night sky filled with stars. Turning philosopher he muses at the miracle. "What keeps all that stuff up there?" he asks. and thoughtfully adds "There are no foundations!"

Another beautiful moment is the announcement of Spring after the long cold icy Winter when Nature sets free all the fluffy seeds drifting about in the wind.

In retrospect there is something in this film for everybody. I am surprised how many of the little episodes bring to mind incidents in my own life which I have long forgotten.

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