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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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Director Federico Fellini has denied that the movie is autobiographical, but agreed that there are similarities with his own childhood. 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.
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The best kind of magic...
3 December 1998 | by (Brunswick, ME) – See all my reviews

This film was first recommended to me by a high school friend who typically enjoys a different kind of film than I. He counts Reservoir Dogs and Mean Streets among his favorites; I am partial to Notorious and Annie Hall. But for his sake, I watched Amarcord, and in the past years have found myself returning to it time and again. I haven't seen any other movies by Mr. Fellini, so I can judge this film only against itself. By such standards, it is a masterpiece. Never have I seen Italy portrayed as lovingly, nor the spectrum of childhood emotions - happiness, love, frustration - represented as frankly. The images are spellbinding - sunlight and fog and great dark seas. Yesterdays are perfect, it would seem, and love exists in what we can remember. So my friend got it right with this one. Amarcord is a kind of magic only the very best in cinema inspire within us. It's the magic that makes us remember.


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