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Amarcord (Criterion Collection)

Magali Noël , Bruno Zanin , Federico Fellini    R (Restricted)   DVD
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In this carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the Fascist period, Federico Fellini's most personal film satirizes his youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge, all set to Nina Rota’s classic, nostalgia-tinged score. The Academy Award-winning Amarcord remains one of cinema's enduring treasures.


Federico Fellini's final film to win an Oscar is a fascinating mix of nostalgia, allegory, and larger-than-life outrageousness, and Criterion has assembled a package that pays tribute to every facet. The stellar assortment of supplements includes a trailer, sketches by the filmmaker, deleted footage, an interview with the still effervescent star Magali Noël, and a nonstop commentary track by Italian cinema scholars Peter Brunette and Frank Burke that manages to be both extremely informative and dryly funny. (The director's growing infatuations with rude bodily functions and exaggerated female forms do not go unremarked.) Most essential, however, might be the inclusion of a 45-minute documentary featuring interviews with a number of Fellini's childhood friends, some of whom were surprised to find themselves depicted in the film in exaggerated form. Taken as a whole, it paints a fascinating picture of a sly, continually slippery artist who, in the words of one participant, did everything possible to wipe out his own autobiography and invent another one. --Andrew Wright --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The magic of Fellini Aug. 26 2000
By Miko
Fellini's theme of coming of age memoir works as a beautiful nostalgic piece. The film resonates from an earlier film of his 8 1/2 showing the director's flashes to his seaside hometown. I've watched this film several times and on every occassion find something new. Here's a tip to enjoy watching a foreign film - Do NOT watch the English dubbed version if there is any - so much is lost in the film. Fellini's films work with subtitles because they make you forget you're reading them at all and as always, Fellini pleases both eye and ear and subsequently the heart. The musical score by Nino Rota is something one looks forward to in every scene. His music perfectly sets the tempo of each image, and I mean each and every one. What a duo of artistic genius these two men are! Watching the film on its excellent Criterion-restored DVD version, one can only wonder what the cinema world would be without Fellini.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fellini in a nostalgic mood. July 7 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"Amarcord" finds Fellini in a nostalgic mood, and attempting to create a highly stylized world (in this case, 1930's Italy), as opposed to his more realistic early films such as "La Strada." Whether this stylization dilutes the overall power of Fellini's film is for each viewer to decide, but it is worth noting that the director would only make two more films of "Amarcord's" quality - "Casanova" and "City of Women" - before directing the less memorable films like "Intervista" and "Voice of the Moon" which ended his career.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fellini Puts On The Charm! July 6 2001
"Amarcord" is a "plot-less" movie, that goes from one story to another. There brief episodic scenes, that when they're all added up you have a movie that made you laugh, had a little heart, and perhaps maybe made you relive your past as well. In my opinion "Amarcord" is Fellini's most charming film. Even though films like "8 1\2" , "La Strada", and "The White Sheik" are great movies, this one carries something special with it. Nearly everything about this movie is a delight. Fellini's directing is great. The music by Nino Rota has to be my favorite thing about the whole movie! Maybe this sounds odd to some, to actually say you enjoyed the music in a movie more than the movie itself, but, if you've ever seen this movie, you'll understand. The cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno is very good as well. Fellini has been quoted as saying this movie is not autobiographical, but, does relate to some moments in his childhood. Well, whether the movie is or isn't autobiographical it's still a pleasure to watch. The movie for the most part follows Titta (Bruno Zanin) and his family. We see the way his family is, the scene at the dinner table makes me laugh everytime, unfortunately it's like watching my own family, and how sad is that! lol. We see his friends at school, and we even get to hear his confession, which was providing a little bit more information than I really needed to know lol. Look, there's not much more I could add that other's haven't already. If you've never seen a Fellini movie, this would be a good place to start. If your already a Fellini fan, why have you waited to see this? Again, not Fellini's best film, but, his most charming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOUP ! giggle giggle Nov. 12 2000
Lovely nostalgic film, absolutly classic for those with an honest sense of humor and a non-american concern for political correction. A film that manages to illustrate the ridiculous pettyness of life, simultaneously and successfully existing within a culture firmly set in its old ways - This is something that everyone is trying to achieve. Bread and Butter!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Criterion English dub April 15 2001
Love this movie, and do want to make one observation about this release.
If you don't know Italian, I would recommend viewing the English dub; I was very very impressed with it. And I don't take doublage lightly. For instance, I won't listen to the Criterion dub of Cabiria; I'd rather read the subtitles. I'm sort of curious if this is really the original Fellini soundstage English dub, or one put together later; I found the voice acting and use of idiom nuanced (a la Fellini), still fresh, and worthy of this movie.
Upshot; if you're not sure whether to get this movie because you don't know what you hate more, subtitles or dubbing, fear not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch it and learn! May 15 2000
By A Customer
On the surface, a very messy and vulgar film with no apparent narrative. Watch it more closely and you will see that Fellini is attempting to make a very good point about the oppressive years of fascism. Many think it is an autobiographical film, but Fellini himself denies this fact, stressing how the name Amarcord is the name of a local aperitif. The sexual repression of the young boys, the constantly foggy surroundings, Titta's suffocation by the buxom tobacconist lady - all trying to say something, don't you think? Please don't be put off at face-value, because much more lies under the surface. Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TITLE ? Sept. 21 2001
Why do I like this movie, in 1000 words or less without sounding pretentious? Bicycle seats, Mussolini's floral bust conducting an imaginary wedding ceremony, Uncle Tio in the tree screaming,
"I need a woman", the preist and the young boy philosophizin' about masterbation, etc., etc. I swear, buy this movie which is much better than Roma or Satyricon or hell even La Dolce Vita for that matter and you won't be disappointed, and after you've enjoyed this fine, fine, film you might as well enjoy The City of Women.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Che bello!
Beautiful and fantastic movie by the great Fellini. This Criterion Blu-ray transfer is gorgeous! Package, artwork and special features are great also. Highly recommended!
Published 12 months ago by Mathieu N.
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing movie...
as I've noticed most of the Americans rated 1 star....this is part of European cinema....
It is a masterpiece. But not for everybody
Published on May 9 2009 by andrei gheorghiu
5.0 out of 5 stars and i thought my uncle was nuts
this is a great cast of characters that intertwine with one another to tell the story of boys growing up. great anti-facist satire, and visual comedy. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Ashley Allinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fellini's greatest accomplishment
I can't believe how much I love this film. This is a film with splendid visuals: of course, there is the peacock in the snow, but how about the scene of Tio climbing the tree... Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by Don Luther
5.0 out of 5 stars Fellini's Other Deeply Personal Extraordinary Film
Like 8 1/2 before it, Amarcord marks an extremely personal film for Fellini. Like his relationship to Guido in 8 1/2, the character of Titta serves as an extension of Fellini on... Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by Daniel Garris
5.0 out of 5 stars This work may be well Fellini's masterpiece
This collections of vignettes around his early youth, still remain as an outstanding triumph in the italian cinema.
The Fellini's style still influences in this age. Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapturous
A stunning, gorgeous work. The seemingly accidental colliding of scenes, which come and go as memories do, is what makes Fellini's Amarcord (I remember) such a perfect depiction of... Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by Nathan Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVORITE FELLINI FILM.
This film has all the trademark Fellini tracking shots and surrealism, but what makes it so enjoyable to me is the rude humor. One reviewer said, "lewd and bawdy." Exactly. Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by Unlucky Frank
4.0 out of 5 stars a great Criterion Collection film. Fellini's youth revisted
The film title means "I remember" This movie, filmed in Fellini's home town of Rimini is his depection of what he remembers of his own teenage years. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004 by Ted
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant in Places
This is not a coherent or particularly complex portrait of fascism, as some would have you believe. It's a collection of childhood memories that TOUCH on and occasionally... Read more
Published on April 1 2003 by Scott McFarland
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