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Amarcord (1973)

 -  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 ...
Miranda Biondi, Titta's Mother
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Aurelio Biondi, Titta's Father
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Gradisca, The hairdresser (as Magali' Noel)
Ciccio Ingrassia ...
Teo - the mad uncle
Nando Orfei ...
Patacca, Titta's Uncle
Luigi Rossi ...
Lawyer
Bruno Zanin ...
Titta Biondi
Gianfilippo Carcano ...
Don Baravelli
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Volpina
Maria Antonietta Beluzzi ...
Tobacconist
Giuseppe Ianigro ...
Titta's Grandfather
Ferruccio Brembilla ...
Fascist Leader
Antonino Faà di Bruno ...
Count Lovignano (as Antonino Faa' Di Bruno)
Mauro Misul ...
Philosophy Teacher
Ferdinando Villella ...
Fighetta, Greek Teacher
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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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The title is the phonetic translation of the words "Mi ricordo" (I remember) as spelled in the dialect of Rimini, the town in which the director Federico Fellini was born, and where the film is set. The correct spelling should be "A m'arcord". See more »

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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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Woman: The puffballs.
Husband: When the puffballs come, cold winter's almost gone.
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Reminiscences of a Great Filmmaker
7 March 2006 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

"Amarcord" was the first Fellini film I saw, about two years ago. It was on TV at 4 o'clock a.m. and I was very sleepy, but I watched it till the end. I wasn't disappointed at all, and I do want to watch it again.

It's not hard to say why this is considered one of Federico Fellini's masterpieces. "Amarcord" (which means "I remember" in the Italian dialect of Emilia-Romagna, the region in which Fellini was born and where the film is set) is one of the most dazzling, personal films you'll ever see. Though Fellini denied that the film is autobiographical (but agreed that has similarities with his own childhood), he made some of the most magic scenes in film history. Nino Rota's unforgettable music score is perfect to highlight the story of a teenage boy's daydreaming (and many other people) in the fascist 1930s Italy. There's a sentence written by the Brazilian author Machado de Assis in one of his novels that is suitable for this magnificent film: "O menino é o pai do homem" ("The Boy is The Man's Father").

A well deserved Best Foreign Film Oscar (Nino Rota should've won too – he wasn't even nominated!). 10 out of 10.


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