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

Director:

Federico Fellini

Writers:

Federico Fellini (story), Tonino Guerra (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pupella Maggio ... Miranda
Armando Brancia ... Aurelio
Magali Noël ... Gradisca (as Magali' Noel)
Ciccio Ingrassia ... Teo
Nando Orfei Nando Orfei ... Patacca
Luigi Rossi Luigi Rossi ... Lawyer
Bruno Zanin ... Titta
Gianfilippo Carcano Gianfilippo Carcano ... Baravelli
Josiane Tanzilli ... La Volpina
Maria Antonietta Beluzzi ... Tobacconist
Giuseppe Ianigro Giuseppe Ianigro ... Grandpa
Ferruccio Brembilla Ferruccio Brembilla ... Fascist
Antonino Faà di Bruno Antonino Faà di Bruno ... Count (as Antonino Faa' Di Bruno)
Mauro Misul Mauro Misul ... Philosophy Professor
Ferdinando Villella Ferdinando Villella ... Prof. Fighetta
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Storyline

One year in a small northern Italian coastal town in the late 1930s is presented. The slightly off-kilter cast of characters are affected by time and location, the social mores dictated largely by Catholicism and the national fervor surrounding Il Duce aka Benito Mussolini and Fascism. The stories loosely center on a mid-teen named Titta and his household including his adolescent brother, his ever supportive mother who is always defending him against his father, his freeloading maternal Uncle Lallo, and his paternal grandfather who slyly has eyes and hands for the household maid. Other townsfolk include: Gradisca, the town beauty, who can probably have any man she wants, but generally has no one as most think she out of their league; Volpina, the prostitute; Giudizio, the historian; a blind accordionist; and an extremely buxom tobacconist. The several vignettes presented include: the town bonfire in celebration of spring; life at Titta's school with his classmates and teachers; ... Written by Huggo

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Winner Best Italian Picture - Best Director David Di Donatello Award See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The first movie ever released on home video in the "letterbox" format (on an RCA SelectaVision CED videodisc, January, 1984), preceding the letterbox laserdisc release of Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979) by eight months. See more »

Goofs

The banners promoting the Mille Miglia indicate that it was the seventh event (VII). However, the seventh running of the event was in 1933, and Beau Geste was not released until 1939. The Mille Miglia was not held in 1939. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Miranda: The puffballs.
Aurelio Biondi, Titta's Father: When the puffballs come, cold winter's almost gone.
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Alternate Versions

An exclusive digital restoration of the film was done by Criterion in 1995 for their laserdisc. The disc contains a before-and-after demonstration of the restoration process and has the option of either the original Italian soundtrack or the English-dubbed soundtrack. See more »

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Featured in How Strange to Be Named Federico (2013) See more »

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Stormy Weather
(uncredited)
Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
This tune is heard several times during the film.
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Reminiscences of a Great Filmmaker

"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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Country:

Italy | France

Release Date:

19 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amarcord See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$432, 18 October 2009

Gross USA:

$125,493

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$196,609
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Company Credits

Production Co:

F.C. Produzioni, PECF See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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