Amarcord (1974)

Amarcord (1974)



Critic Consensus: Ribald, sweet, and sentimental, Amarcord is a larger-than-life journey through a seaside village and its colorful citizens.

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Federico Fellini's warmly nostalgic memory piece examines daily life in the Italian village of Rimini during the reign of Mussolini, and won the 1974 Academy Award as Best Foreign Film. The film's greatest asset is its ability to be sweet without being cloying, due in great part to Danilo Donati's surrealistic art direction and to the frequently bawdy injections of sex and politics by screenwriters Fellini and Tonino Guerra. Fellini clearly has deep affection for the people of this seaside village, warts and all, and communicates it through episodic visual anecdotes which are seen as if through the mists of a favorite dream, playfully scored by Nino Rota and lovingly photographed by Giuseppe Rotunno. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Magali Noël
as Gradisca
Bruno Zanin
as Titta Biondi
Pupella Maggio
as Miranda Biondi
Armando Brancia
as Aurelio Biondi
Giuseppe Ianigro
as Titta's Grandfather
Nando Orfei
as Pataca
Ciccio Ingrassia
as Uncel Teo
Gennaro Ombra
as Bisein
Marco Misul
as Philosophy Teacher
Fernando Vona
as Candela
Luigi Rossi
as Lawyer
Gianfilipo Carcano
as Don Baravelli
Ferruccio Brembilla
as Fascist Leader
Dina Adorni
as Math Teacher
Marcello Di Falco
as The Prince
Bruno Lenzi
as Gigliozzi
Francesca Vona
as Candela
Mauro Misul
as Philosophy Teacher
Mario Silvestri
as Italian Teacher
Fides Stagni
as Art Teacher
Mario Liberati
as Theater Owner
Domenico Pertica
as Blindman
Antonino Faa' Di Brunco
as Count Lovignano
Ferdinando Villella
as Greek Teacher
Gianfranco Marracco
as Count Poltavo's Son
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Critic Reviews for Amarcord

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (13)

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… | December 22, 2009
Boston Globe
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Fellini is so bountiful with incident and observation that he makes most other film makers seem stingy.

Full Review… | April 27, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Federico Fellini's films beg to be seen on a movie screen. Their panoramic, overstuffed frames and larger-than-life characters overflow the boundaries of home theater; their exuberant, generous humor is best enjoyed in a packed auditorium.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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… | March 13, 2009
Washington Post
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He [Director Fellini] leaves us with the hope that the human comedy just may be able to survive everything.

Full Review… | February 13, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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This Fellini opus is his most accessible to mass audiences since La Dolce Vita.

Full Review… | December 3, 2008
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Amarcord


Fellini reaches the highest point of his personal musings as an artist, using his unmistakable style to recreate his boyhood into a stupendous seriocomic collection of delicious anecdotes and semi-autobiographical reminiscences drenched in a sweet amount of nostalgia.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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I admit I've never been a huge Fellini fan, but I found Amarcord to be quite engaging. If anything, it's a portrait of humanity at its most interesting. The movie is funny, strange and surreal, but all at the same time being grounded in the reality of the story. The only minor problem that I had with it is its leisurely pace during portions of the film when you just want to move on to the next adventure. I may be alone in that, but I felt it watching it. Otherwise, the film is a wonderful look at growing up in Italy through the eyes of Frederico Fellini.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


An unorthodox semi-autobiography of director Federico Fellini, 1930's Italy, Amarcord is a vivid and ill-tempered mock of the personal youth of the director-author enriched by adolescent desires and social-political subtexts. Bellissima!

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

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