Criterion Critics

Amarcord (1973)

Episode #25

New World Pictures released Amarcord on September 19, 1974. Federico Fellini directed the film starring Magali Noël, Bruno Zanin, and Pupella Maggio.

‘Amarcord’ Plot Synopsis

Amarcord is a series of vignettes that capture life in a small seaside Italian during the 1930’s. Set over the course of one year, the film focuses on the misadventures of many of the town’s inhabitants, including the village beauty Gradisca, the town idiot Giudizio, the town nymphomaniac Volpina, the town liar Biscein, the town construction foreman Aurelio, and Aurelio’s son Titta and his schoolfriends. Each character symbolizing a person from director Federico Fellini’s life growing up in the small town of Rimini in pre-World War II Italy.

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New World Pictures released Amarcord on September 19, 1974. Federico Fellini directed the film starring Magali Noël, Bruno Zanin, and Pupella Maggio.

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  1. Curious if Chris is a fan of this film, since he’s a big Fellini fan. When I hear “Amarcord” I always think of that footage of a young Spielberg sitting in front of a TV with friends and family waiting to see if he got nominated for Jaws and after seeing he didn’t, exclaim “They went for Fellini instead!”

    Oh, and FYI, the “L” in “Beau Travail” is silent. And the “S” in Claire Denis is silent. I sat in a packed theater in Santa Monica last year waiting to hear Denis speak about it(she was in town to promote High Life with Robert Pattinson – crazy flick) but she apparently got sick the night before and couldn’t make it. Maybe you can review Beau Travail sometime, Denis is probably considered the best female director of the last 30 years and many consider this her best film .

  2. I haven’t watched this film yet, but yes, there’s a very good chance I’d like it. It’s still streaming on Criterion. I need to watch it before they take it off.

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