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Amarcord
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Directed By
Federico Fellini

Written By:
Federico Fellini, Tonino Guerra

Cast:
Magali Noel, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia

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Amarcord (1974)
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Movie Review by Sebastian
May 8th, 2007

a poem of beauty

i personally think that this is one of the best MOVIES ever made, and this is more than just the usual phrase you use for any film you like - no, i mean it: it is perfect and pure cinema.
having no straight plot, no real protagonist and no real beginning/end, it can be perceived as a cinematic poem, i believe, rather than cinematic prose if i may put it in terms from literature.
as far as i got it, theres no "deeper" meaning attached to it, except the pure celebration of life in all its shades and the celebration of beauty
in all its shades.
like a poem, you could say that you could divide this film into different staves, only loosely connected through the place and the people who appear. very often the scenes just describe ordinary things and the reactions and feelings of the people, you could give them titles like: "it is spring", "it is snowing" there's a race in the city" etc. and, above all, you could say, it is simply about sex, or at least about the sexual desire of the adolescents which you could say are the leading group of this film. the film celebrates their youth and their dreams, as well as the ordinary people of the village, but also their imperfection which is exactly what makes them so loveable and so human.
Felini manages to give every person in the film a simple dignity which i've never seen in any other film. No matter how much you sometimes laugh about them because they act stupid or ridiculous, you will always find a situation where they are just full of simple dignity. A good example for that is the head of the "main" family in the film who is most often (especially in the dinner scenes) portrayed as just ridiculous in trying to be the head of the family. BUT, in a later scene we see that he is the only one in the village who is against Mussolini, which i personally think makes him just admireable.
the film also is about beauty. beauty that has not necessarily a deeper meaning. it is just about finding the beauty in ordinary people, situations and things. there is one scene in which the adolescents start to dance in the fog in front of a closed hotel to the incredibly brilliant (offscreen) score by nino rota, which is one of my all-time favourite scenes in cinema. i could never even really figure out why they dance, and they certainly do not dance very well or skilful. in my eyes, this scene defies any description, it is just purely beautiful and makes me cry every time i see it.
theres much left to be said about amarcord, a film that makes you laugh, smile and cry, often at the same time, but it is even better to watch and simply enjoy it as a celebration of pure cinema - as one person in the film screams when she comes out of the cinema:
"it was a very beautiful film and i could cry a lot"

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Andy
May 10, 2007 12:39 AM
 
I really need to go back and watch some of the Fellini movies. I don't think I've seen any of them twice. I remember really liking La Strada though.

Penny
May 11, 2007 3:42 AM
 
I've never seen this. I might have to check it out.



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