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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.
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
This movie can best be described as village idiocy Italian style. But it actually takes place in what is at least a small city or large town. Read morePublished 5 days ago by The Curmudgeon
Excellent reminisce about childhood and the Italian life, full of lyrical images and funny moments, as well as sad ones . A feast for the senses. Fellini's films are classics. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth A.
... it is the beautiful movie of it's genre, the most gentle of Federico Fellini's movies, humane, witty within amazing atmospherePublished 1 month ago by Jiri Tibor Novak
It is Fellini, so nothing that I write, if you know him, will add to it.Published 3 months ago by Gabriel Stern