Amarcord (Blu-ray) R

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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: February 8, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1973
  • 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

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenplay by &
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1974 - Best Foreign Language Film

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh91%

Total Count: 43


User Ratings: 18,154
[S]imply nonsensical to me. Fascists are idiots, Catholic priests are clowns -- I agree with this. So why don't I feel it? Full Review
Flick Filosopher
Dec 13, 2009
Orthodox Fellini lovers will give primacy to La Strada or La Dolce Vita, but Amarcord has its fans, and it's easy to see why. Full Review
Washington Post
Mar 13, 2009
Fellini is so bountiful with incident and observation that he makes most other film makers seem stingy. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Apr 27, 2009
Rating: 5/10 -- Sweet and endearing for many, irritating and tedious for others. Full Review
Movie Metropolis
Feb 26, 2011
AMARCORD unfolds as a pageant, a fresco, in the splendid Fellini tradition that embraces the fantastic, the hilarious, the grotesque and the unexpectedly beautiful.
Los Angeles Times
Feb 13, 2009
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Continues to resemble something a lewd, grouchy, fitfully indecent silent-movie director might have made for his first time using color and sound. That, at least, would explain the shouting. Full Review
Boston Globe
Dec 22, 2009
Rating: 5/5 -- He [Director Fellini] leaves us with the hope that the human comedy just may be able to survive everything. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Feb 13, 2009

Product Description:

Federico Fellini's AMARCORD, an acclaimed semiautobiographical episodic drama, examines life in a small Adriatic village just before Mussolini's reign in the 1930s. As the weather changes and spring arrives, the village holds a festival in which it burns a symbolic bonfire and celebrates new life. This gathering in the central square is the first of many others throughout the film. Each time the community assembles, its colorful members show themselves in full force, boasting their bizarre, disjointed personalities--and pure mischief is the result. Several of the village ladies wear their eyebrows penciled on in high, provocative arches, a style that seethes sex and drama, coaxing the camera to follow them. The film takes on a circusy, chaotic tone, making it difficult to see a clear plot structure; AMARCORD instead breaks up into several memorably surreal sequences, a few of which follow a young man named Titta (Bruno Zanin) who wanders in and out of the animated provincial landscape, meeting assorted crazy characters and obsessing over sex. The beautiful clashes with the grotesque and politics and family matters blend together while sex is offset by violence in the inimitable style of Italy's late master of cinema, whose tour de force won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

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.


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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