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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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Giacomo Leopardi (1798 -1837) was an Italian poet who came in touch with the main ideas of Enlightenment, and created poetic works, related to the Romantic movement, making him regarded as the greatest poet of modern Italy. See more »

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When I attended the premiere, I felt this was the best film ever made.
13 May 2001 | by (NYC & Cherry Grove) – See all my reviews

When "Amarcord" had it's American premier at the Plaza Theatre on East 58th Street in New York, I was working as the manager of The Paris Theatre, also on 58th Street, just 2 blocks west, behind Bergdorf's and facing the front of the Plaza Hotel.

Both theatres were part of the Cinema-5 circuit of first-run theatres in Manhattan. I often took advantage of the pass privileges that theatres extend to one another and always attended every other theatre in the city to sample their fare.

As I often worked as 'relief' manager of The Plaza, I was well known to the the crew there and had easy access to that theatre at all times. When I first sat through "Amarcord" during it's opening, I realized that I had just seen "THE Finest Film Ever Made". When I told this to others, I was often scoffed at. I was told that the 'Finest Film' hadn't been made yet. That was until the scoffers saw the film for themselves. Every friend I brought to The Plaza to see "Amarcord" was as enchanted with the film as I was.

During it's opening run at the Plaza Theatre in 1974, I must have seen the film at least 50 times. I next saw "Amarcord" at an art house in another city in 1980. Yes, it was still the best film. In the 6 years since it's USA premier I can't say I saw any film better than "Amarcord."

Then, when it was at long last released on videotape in the 1990's, I purchased the tape. When I watched the tape I wept. Yes, it was STILL the finest film ever made. I DO think the world of "Nights of Cabiria", "La Strada", "La Dolce Vita" and "8 1/2". But "Amarcord" is more than just Fellini's greatest work. It is greater than ANY other film, made by any other person or group of persons. I know now, 27 years after I first saw this film, that I will certainly say, 27 years in the future: This is THE film that no film-maker can top.

..In my humble opinion, of course....


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