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Amarcord (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1973)

Pupella Maggio , Armando Brancia , Federico Fellini  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia, Magali Noel, Ciccio Ingrassia, Nando Orfei
  • Directors: Federico Fellini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CGUC06
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special 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

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    In his carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the Fascist period, Federico Fellini satirizes his youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political repartee, all set to Nino Rota's classic, nostalgia-tinged score. The Academy Award-winning Amarcord was one of Fellini's most popular films and remains one of cinema's enduring treasures.

    Additional Features

    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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    66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The magic of Fellini August 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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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    The theme of this story is the compassion that allows close-knit, small-town Italians in the 1930's to lead a meaningful existence in the context of Fascist oppression and economic hardship.

    This story is culturally valuable because it shows the beauty of meaningfully existing, unchanged, amid destructive and oppressive forces. When a peacock lands in the snow with its beautiful, vibrant blue and green feathers, it exemplifies beauty, simply existing, within harsh conditions. The point of the story is not that the characters of this small Italian town make any world-altering advances, but rather that they maintain what they already have and admire--their sense of community and individual compassion--despite oppressive odds. Fellini gives his audience mischievous adolescents, oblivious teachers, a "crazy" uncle, a humorous grandfather, an idealistic and extremely feminine beauty, a generous but sickly mother and her easily-angered husband, dissatisfied workers, a story-telling lawyer, a prince, and a lying snack vendor. And none of these characters is ever treated inhumanely, or as being of any less value than any other. The uncle has an episode in which he climbs a tree and throws rocks at people who try to get him down, all the while yelling, "I want a woman!" Hours pass and the doctor who eventually comes to get him down remarks, "He has normal days, and he has not normal days...Just like us." Through the interaction of these characters, Fellini allows his audiences to encounter a town, the families, a community, and the simple life that exists within it. This film is powerful because it is saying that one does not have to defeat oppression to be worthy of being a model, seen and honored. You have only to live, to be yourself--which means to create--to be something powerful and moving.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fellini's Other Deeply Personal Extraordinary Film June 10, 2004
    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 film. Whereas Guido served as an extension of Fellini's state of mind, Titta serves as an extension of Fellini's childhood memories.
    Through the retelling of emotional stories that deal with Titta and his family, Amarcord (which translates into "I Remember") presents a cyclical collage of wondrous nostalgia for the Italy of Fellini's childhood. Starting in the spring and ending their one year later with the return of the yearly "puffballs", we are presented with and touched by the many experiences that Titta comes face to face with.
    At the same time, the film is much more than a mere visual presentation of Fellini's own nostalgia, for it also questions the true validity of one's own memories. This questioning of memory by Fellini is made apparent in the manner in which single scenes can go from "reality" based to fantasy-like parody back to "reality" based in a manner of moments.
    One of the more noteworthy examples of this technique is the scene in which El Duce visits the local town square. In the scene the serious yet joyous procession of El Duce eventually turns into a comedic/fantasy experience in which schoolchildren are shown happily carrying guns in the imagined wedding of two schoolchildren in front of a giant talking Mussolini head. Moments later the film cuts to nightfall, in which the local Fascists soldiers wreak havoc on the town and afterwards interrogate and beat Titta's father. Depending on Fellini's own presentation of the Italian Fascists, (and just as importantly, the view in Italy towards the Fascists at that time) very different interpretations can be read of them.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Remember April 29, 2005
    May I confess something? Fellini is one of my favorite directors-I really could live in a Fellini film and be quite happy. I love the people, the places. Ok, sometimes not-so-nice things happen, but that's true of anybody's life, no? If I could live in Amarcord, I would go there like a shot.

    Here's the confession-this is the Fellini film closest to my heart. I know we're supposed to like 8 1/2 better, or even La Dolce Vita, but Amarcord has all the bitter sweet quality of a memory told by a good friend and great storyteller, intimately, over a glass of red wine.

    Hear the one about the about the old, irascible Grampa? Gramps stepped out of the house and got lost in the fog...just steps away from the front gate. Frightened and disoriented, Gramps wonders if he is alive or if he has passed over into death. Suddenly, he stops and gives a rude gesture to death, and claims, "If this is death, I don't think much of it."

    Hear the one about Uncle in the looney bin? Took him out for a ride in the country, and he peed his pants. Just forgot to unzip! Then, at the farm, he climbed a tree and threw rocks at people, staying up there all day, screaming, "I want a woman!" It took a miniature nun from the asylum to get him down.

    There are so many scenes of such distilled beauty, it is as if Fellini had boiled down the sauce until only the most precious elixir was left-that which was a distillation of his own life, most potent, most true.

    The town beauty, the town historian, the town idiot, the town "playboy" (loser) the mother, the father, the govenment, Mussolini, Fascism, the sea, the prostitute, the boys, the fantasies of the boys, the church, the snow, the rain, the fog. I love this film truly.

    The boys dancing in dreams in the fog.
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    What a great movie Master Fellini made!!!
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    tutto bene;grazie.
    Published 16 days ago by Giuseppe Frega
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    always an amazing movie from the master unforgettable and timeless.
    Published 2 months ago by Mr Pio
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fellini's best.
    I must have seen this film about a dozen times since its release in the early seventies. For many years La Strada was my favorite, but then Amarcord appeared, with all its... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by erisgeenhoop
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amarcord pleases me every time. A classic.
    Amarcord is my all time favorite movie. It is full of what makes life real (especially for a young boy). I watch it every few years and have since it was made.
    Published 3 months ago by Stevie and Bob
    4.0 out of 5 stars worth it
    As with all Fellini movies, full of unique faces and characters. His stories are always so disjointed as to be dreamlike. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Raymond Holderman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fellini is a genius
    How real are his "unlikely" characters compared to Hollywood's stereotypes. How much humanity and poetry compared to the senseless "action" of 99% of today's... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Pal
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
    This is one of my favorites movies, I have the DVD version but on Blu-ray quality is better. For people who love Italian cinema its a must.
    Published 6 months ago by Consuelo Carranza-Sanchez
    5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loves it
    No Italian film collection is complete without this one. The quality is great, subtitles easy to read. A good watch
    Published 7 months ago by A. Bird
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