Amarcord (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)

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

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1974
  • Label: Criterion
  • Note: Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • Audio commentary by film scholars Peter Brunette and Frank Burke
    • Fellini's Homecoming, a 45-minute documentary on the complicated relationship between the celebrated director, his hometown, and his past
    • Video interview with star Magali Noël
    • Federico Fellini's drawings of characters in the film
    • "Felliniana," a presentation of ephemera devoted to Amarcord, from the collection of Don Young
    • Archival studio interviews with Fellini and his friends and familt, by longtime radio film critic Gideon Bachmann
    • Restoration demonstration
    • Deleted scene
    • American release trailer
    • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by scholar Sam Rohdie and Fellini's 1967 essay "My Rimini"
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Italian
    • Subtitles - English

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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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