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Amarcord (Criterion Collection)

Magali Nol , Bruno Zanin , Federico Fellini    R (Restricted)   DVD
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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

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Fellini's Amarcord is a surrealistic carnival celebrating the splendor of youth. The pleasures of Amarcord lie in its visual and aural expression and Criterion's wonderful restoration presents these attributes in spades. Though a little short on extras, this RSDL, digital transfer, in its 1.85 widescreen format (letterbox) makes for an extremely satisfying experience. The audio is presented in its original Italian monoaural format with an English dubbed option. The new subtitle translation is a lot better than any past release of Amarcord, as is the English dubbing. As with most Fellini films, the Italian is dubbed, so neither the Italian nor the English are the actors' original voices. Along with Nights of Cabiria and La Dolce Vita, Amarcord is an excellent introduction to Fellini, and this Criterion DVD is without a doubt the best version available. --Rob Bracco

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5.0 out of 5 stars Che bello! Oct. 17 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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!
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amarcord Dec 9 2001
Format:VHS Tape
An amazing movie. All members of my family are "addicted" to this Felini's masterpiece. Even more, I've bought this video several times and gave it as a prezent to my friends.
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Rapturous March 17 2004
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 one's memories of youth. It feels like a collection of moments so bright and vibrant, that it is totally believable that it would be those that the central figure, Titta, would remember. Fellini remembers his own childhood, of course, through Titta in Amarcord, and the help of a lot of fantasy and fiction, which Fellini loves to deploy in order to reach penetrating truth. Rich colours, cinematography, and a beautiful Nino Rota score also help create the dreamlike feel of memory. Fellini had such a sense for movement - both of the camera, and for the arrangement of figures in the frame (also known as mise-en-scene), and though it is nearly impossible to pick a favourite Fellini work, this sense works here just as marvellously and hypnotically as it does in 8 1/2. Amarcord is an enrapturing film - truly a thing to behold
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece March 23 2002
Format:VHS Tape
One of Fellini's best, most winning films. Uncle Teo is Everyman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece doesnt even cut it Jan. 16 2002
By A Customer
fellini is a filmmaking god. filmmakers arent really gods but hes really really good. this film, amarcord, i havent even seen but im sure to watch it tomorrow. la strada was so great because of gelsomina and when she smiles. the score is great too. i have very high expectations for this film. if its no good, i will be beyond letdown. after all, it did cost 35 dollars.
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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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars My All Time Favourite. A Fellini's Masterpiece.
I suspect this is one of those love or hate movies depending on whether or not it strikes an emotional cord within the viewer. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2002 by Milo
1.0 out of 5 stars some of the most awful dialogue in cinema history
I'm a Fellini fan, yet I HATED this movie! Watching in disbelief, I could not believe that the director of The White Sheik, 8 1/2, Nights of Cabiria and Juliet of the Spirits... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2002
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