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Amarcord

(DVD - 2006 - Italian)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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 subterfuge, all set to Nino Rota's classic, nostalgia-tinged score."--Container.

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Publisher: [United States] : Janus Films, c2006
Edition: Special ed. double-disc set features
ISBN: 1559409800
Branch Call Number: Ita DVD MOVIE A
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (63 p. : col. ill., port. ; 19 cm.)

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Jun 25, 2014
  • patricklibrary1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Huge canvass of memories from a great director in his prime.

Joseph, glad that you 'at-least'added the "iTALLIAN" reference. Egocentricity of English speaking North American's is astounding. Assuming that you are Canadian that is. How do you refer to Hollywood films?!? As they are also 'foreign'! Canada has it's own very significant film industry and as you are likely well aware, Canadians are very prominent and powerful in the US industry. Film making began in Europe, France to be precise. California became a main centre for film largely because of the varied climate and extremely varied terrain, and is actually the most INTERNATIONAL, film making centre of the world. Most of the early powerful and talented film actors and directors came to "Hollywood" from Europe, some not very proficient in English at all. Many countries have a huge Industry, as a matter of fact India has the largest in terms of production and audience, and their 'star' status rivals that of anywhere. To not appreciate Felini's Amarcord, one must have grown up in a very close-minded, limited environment, (a vacuum) or live in denial as an adult. The film is an anthropological artistic masterpiece about people and behavior. It demonstrates the fractural reality of humanity in that almost any town can be used as an analogy of the human world. Fractural, referring to patterns within patterns repeating on different size scales. To understand and appreciate the genius of Felini's film and work in general, read a copy of MY RIMINI, an essay by him, explaining where the inspiration for the film comes from. O f course you may be of the school that film is strictly for entertainment and not to be considered for serious artistic statement , which is perfectly fine; but even from the approach of pure entertainment, I cannot understand anyone not appreciating Amarcord. If you just want a good laugh, it is as funny as some of Chaplin's work.

Nov 04, 2013
  • jonathanhowells rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant film by Fellini- makes a great double bill with " Roma " ( also by Fellini ).

Feb 25, 2012
  • nptphoto rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The most vulgar film ever made. Utterly worthless!

Sep 11, 2011
  • AS1987 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant.

Jul 05, 2011
  • c_anderson rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite films. Beautifully filmed, funny and poignent, a wonderful remembrance.

Jan 20, 2011
  • poolman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Whirlwind Fellini. Off-the-wall characters and acting. Well worth a watch.

Jan 11, 2011
  • joseph rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Skip It - Amarcord (1973) [Foreign - Italian] 123 min. Federico Fellini's homage to his childhood town and Hollywood in general doesn't hold up for a full 2 hours. The film is a series of unrelated vignettes from the obsurd to the charming (with the charming segments rare at best). I didn't find the film appealing and the lack of plot made it difficult to sit through despite some of the craziest characters known to film. Critically acclaimed film that I just didn't get; maybe you'll have better luck. The film was the winner of the 1975 Oscar for Best Foreign Picture with director and original screenplay nominations the year later.

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