R | 2h 3min | Comedy, Drama | 19 September 1974 (USA)
As the sexually frustrated young adolescent, Titta, anxiously awaits the arrival of spring at an Italian seaside town in Benito Mussolini’s Fascist Italy, a vivid tapestry of interlacing vignettes unfolds. Over the course of a single year, the wide-eyed childhood curiosity; the exciting emotional experiences; vain obsessions, and fervent but dormant pubescent desires coexist with religion, politics, sex, and love. Pivoting around Titta’s loud family, little by little, an ever-changing kaleidoscope of 1930s imagery lure Titta into an entire universe of life-altering moments and undiluted teenage fantasies: the quintessential ingredients of one’s undying recollections. Will the town’s belle, Gradisca, ever find what she is looking for? Does the wild blonde temptress, Volpina, want to settle down? Above all, will the small village’s effortlessly tempting tobacconist grant Titta’s wish?
Federico Fellini’s “Amardord” is a series of sketches about his youth in a seaside town Rimini in the 1930s. In this regard it reminds another favorite film of mine, “Fellini’s Roma”. After repeat viewing, I can understand why many viewers may not like Fellini, especially his so called “later films” xc2x96”Amarcord” may seem too crowded, too loud, too vulgar, too bawdy, and too self-indulgent. It is all true, it is. But so is life xc2x96 loud but tender, vulgar but touching, self-indulgent but full of humor, love and compassion to the film’s eccentric characters. It’s been said a lot about memorable scenes and images in “Amarcord”: yes, the famous peacock that spreads its plumage on the snow, a magnificent ocean liner that is been greeted by the townspeople, a local tobacconist xc2x96 a woman of such size and proportions that it could be simply dangerous for the teenage boys to try and make their dreams about her come true. I love “Amarcord” xc2x96 always have xc2x96 perhaps, Fellini played all the right notes for me or more likely, Nino Rota wrote his best musical score for the film which could be the best score ever. My favorite image in the film xc2x96 Gradisca’s (local beautician) walk accompanied by Rota’s music. What is it in the way Italian women walk, the way their hips sway? Monica Belucci in “Malena”, Sofia Lauren in “Marriage Italian Style”? And Magali Noxc3xabl as object of every man’s in Rimini desire xc2x96 Gradisca (“Help Yourself”).
Wonderful film xc2x96 by the power of his magic, by the light of his memory, the great master saved the town where he was young and happy. We can visit it as often as we’d like and it won’t go away and disappear – Fellini’s Rimini is captured forever.
Director: Federico Fellini
Writers: Federico Fellini (story), Tonino Guerra (story)
Stars: Magali Noxc3xabl, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio
Country: Italy | France
Language: Italian | Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Release Date: 19 September 1974 (USA)
Also Known As: Amarcord
Filming Locations: Anzio, Rome, Lazio, Italy