Amarcord (Criterion Collection, 2-DVD)

Starring: Pupella Maggio & Magali Noel Director: Federico Fellini  Rated: R: Restricted
Amarcord (Criterion Collection, 2-DVD)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1974
  • Label: Criterion
  • Collectors Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono 1.0 - Italian, English
    • Subtitles - English - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Outtakes: Deleted Scene
    • Featurette:
      1. "Fellini's Homecoming"
      2. "Felliniana"
    • Interviews:
      1. Magali Noel - Star
      2. Frederico Fellini - Director

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1974 - Best Foreign Language Film

Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 09/01/1974
"...Fellini catches us by attacking where he is strongest, at gut-level..."
USA Today - 09/01/1995
"...A Fellini masterwork to rank along with 8 1/2 and I VITELLONI..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/04/2004
"If ever there was a movie made entirely out of nostalgia and joy, by a filmmaker at the heedless height of his powers, that movie is Federico Fellini's AMARCORD."
Uncut - 10/01/2004
"[Fellini's] unique, untethered imagination bleeds into every frame..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/13/2009
"AMARCORD unfolds as a pageant, a fresco, in the splendid Fellini tradition that embraces the fantastic, the hilarious, the grotesque and the unexpectedly beautiful."
Washington Post - 03/13/2009
"[A] 1973 color classic, which mostly abandons plot for a series of wild but often touching vignettes exploring the foibles, characters and cruelties of small-time life during the fascist years in Italy."

Plot Synopsis:

Fellini's sentimental yet scathing look at a small town near Rome during the prewar years. Told in several recurring episodes, the story features a teenage boy (who represent the director himself), his parents, his lascivious grandfather, a dizzy hairdresser in search of her "Gary Cooper," a mad uncle who straddles a tree demanding sex, and other colorful, odd characters. With the nostalgic tone of one's memories, the film stresses a series of episodes over a strict plot structure, and is masterfully handled by the flamboyant director. The film won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Essential Cinema | Friends | Recommended | Self-Discovery | Teenage | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: September 19, 1974.
  • The title, AMARCORD, is a Roman colloquialism for "I remember."
  • There are quite a few sequences dedicated to an exploration of fascism: its absurdity, what makes it possible, and its psychology. In one sequence, a comical fascist wedding takes place before a huge, flower-adorned poster of Mussolini. The members of the wedding party are gleefully subordinate to the "power" of the poster, dancing about like puppets in front of it.
  • The title "Amarcord" is a Roman colloquialism for "I remember."

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