Amarcord (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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This carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the fascist period, the most personal film from Federico Fellini (La strada, Nights of Cabiria, 8½), satirizes the director’s 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 is one of cinema’s most delightful treasures.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Audio commentary by film scholars Peter Brunette and Frank Burke
• Fellini’s Homecoming, a forty-five-minute documentary on director Federico Fellini’s complicated relationship to his hometown and past
• Video interview with star Magali Noël
• Fellini’s drawings of characters in the film
• Felliniana, a presentation of ephemera devoted to Amarcord
• Archival audio interviews with Fellini and his friends and family, by film critic Gideon Bachmann
• Restoration demonstration
• Deleted scene
• American release trailer
• Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Sam Rohdie, author of Fellini Lexicon, and the full text of Fellini’s 1967 essay “My Rimini”
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 WrightSee all Product Description
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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.
"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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Fellini, no story, but full one of the greatest films of all times.of life and music. Covers one year,Published 5 months ago by rick price
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 on Oct. 17 2013 by Mathieu N.
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
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 morePublished on June 22 2004 by Ashley Allinson
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 morePublished on June 11 2004 by Don Luther
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 morePublished on June 10 2004 by Daniel Garris
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
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 morePublished on March 17 2004 by Nathan Nathan
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 morePublished on March 7 2004 by Unlucky Frank