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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 (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CGUC06
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,352 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

    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

    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.

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    65 of 71 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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    20 of 20 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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    15 of 16 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
    Federico Fellini, the legendary Italian filmmaker and screenwriter known for cinema masterpieces such as "The White Sheik" (1952), "I Vitelloni" (1953), "La Strada" (1954), "Nights of Cabiria" (1957),"La Dolce Vita" (1960), "8 1/2' (1963), etc.

    Fellini's films are known for capturing ethereal storylines, fantasy that binges on desire and his films are among those that have tested viewers but also has provided many cineaste with visual delight from the films that are from his oeuvre. His influence has inspired Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Tim Burton, Pedro Almodovar to name a few and while many think of "La Dolce Vita", "8 1/2', "I Vitelloni" as the top of Fellini's career, there are many who feel that "Amarcord" is one of his most personal. "Amarcord" is also the third film for Fellini that won an Oscar for "Best Foreign Film" but also won multiple awards throughout the world and is perhaps one of his most accessible film for cinema fans worldwide.

    The film was the fourth DVD release for The Criterion Collection back in 1999 and received a special re-release featuring more special features in 2006. In 2011, a Blu-ray release of "Amarcord" including the special features from the 2006 DVD release is now available in the U.S.

    While not an autobiography, the film mirrors Fellini's life as a child and teenager growing up in Rimini, Italy (a seaside town in the province of Emilia-Romagna) during the time of Fascist Italy.

    "Amarcord" is not the easiest film to describe because it's one of those films that must be experienced. The film can be seen as a coming-of-age film but also a film that has your typical villagers that everyone knows their name because of their actions or their body.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    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 17 days 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 1 month 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 2 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 3 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 3 months ago by A. Bird
    5.0 out of 5 stars A definite 5-star film
    I ordered this as a gift, because I consider it one of my top 20 all-time films, definitely the most enjoyable and relatable of Fellini's films.
    Published 5 months ago by Barbara Sweney
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
    Great Product. I really like what Criterion has done with these classics! Very good.. super high quality. I just wish Dolce Vita was out in Blu-ray here.
    Published 8 months ago by A. C. Chas
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amarcord
    It is a charming film, the acting is exceptional, the fellini faces are great (as usual), it is as genuine a memoir as you can find anywhere. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite movies
    Very funny.. The movie reminds me of my family.. interesting, funny and full of love.. thanks.. Amarcord will keep u smiling
    Published 11 months ago by Hoaloha
    5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
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