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Amarcord (1973)

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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pupella Maggio 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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The Fantastic World of Fellini!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Release Date:

19 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amarcord See more »

Filming Locations:

Anzio, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

F.C. Produzioni, PECF See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #4. 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 The Magic of Fellini (2002) See more »

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Sabre Dance
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Music by Aram Khachaturyan
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I remember...
21 September 2009 | by bobsgrockSee all my reviews

No other film maker remembers like Federico Fellini. He is able to comprehend and contemplate the importance and beauty of memory and images that come to our minds. He did it with practically every film he made, culminating with La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2. Here, towards the end of his career amidst some films that seemed to pretentious or overanxious to amuse us, he presents a story about people. Not just one person, but a whole group of people living in a small coastal town in Italy 1930s.

It may not be his most dazzling or mesmerizing film, but Amarcord is Fellini's most personal journey. It is told through multiple narrators, all who add a little more the picture, but mostly it is told through the incredible images Fellini creates. His use of color is astonishing, balancing bright colors of passion against the dull lackluster colors of white and black. He also gives us multiple fantasy sequences, building on those of Guido in 8 1/2. Here, they are more abstract but more meaningful. There is a young boy probably supposed to represent him, but it is clear Fellini admired and loved all these quirky people. There is Gradisca the village beauty, Teo the crazy uncle, Aurelio the loud and stern father, and Miranda the loyal and loving mother. Fellini films all of them with such grace and affection, you can't help but be swept up into this world. And, as with most Fellini, you really don't want to leave either.


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