Part of Essential Fellini.
Federico Fellini returned to the provincial landscape of his childhood with this carnivalesque reminiscence, recreating his hometown of Rimini in Cinecittà’s studios and rendering its daily life as a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies and political subterfuge. Sketching a gallery of warmly observed comic caricatures, Fellini affectionately evokes a vanished world haloed with the glow of memory, even as he sends up authority figures representing church and state, satirizing a country stultified by Fascism. Winner of Fellini’s fourth Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (1957), AMARCORD remains one of the director’s best-loved creations, beautifully weaving together Giuseppe Rottuno’s colorful cinematography, Danilo Donati’s extravagant costumes and sets, and Nino Rota’s nostalgia-tinged score.
Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with CRISTALDIFILM, with funding provided by yoox.com and the Commune di Rimini. Supervised by cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno. Special thanks to the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique and Gianfranco Angelucci.
“If ever there was a movie made entirely out of nostalgia and joy, by a filmmaker at the heedless height of his powers, that movie is Federico Fellini’s AMARCORD… Fellini was more in love with breasts than Russ Meyer, more wracked with guilt than Ingmar Bergman, more of a flamboyant showman than Busby Berkeley.” —Roger Ebert (Jan 4, 2004) “Fellini at his ripest and loudest.” —Time Out “The movie is staunchly and intensely Italian, and Fellini takes great care to both celebrate and indict his culture.... A glorious testament to Fellini’s singular talent.” —Eric Blume, The Film Experience