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on 27 September 2013
I remembered this film from years ago and what a delightful 'atmosphere' it had, perhaps typically Italian and very humourous.
This dvd shows all this off perfectly, though I have not yet had time to look at other sections on it I would recommend any true film lover to buy this dvd, but especially for the wistful accordion music accompanying it.
N. Stewart.
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When a director is able to make a semi autobiographical film, it is often a sign of his growing stature in the industry, and can also lead to self indulgence that sometimes damages the finished product. It is a common fault to view the past through rose tinted spectacles, and the end result can sometimes be a dull affair. But Fellini as you would expect from one of the worlds great directors cleverly avoids all the pitfalls. He recreates the 1930's Rimini of his youth through a series of vignettes that encompass, love, death, community spirit, politics, the church, all set during the varying seasons of one idyllic year in a fictional Italian resort on the Adriatic coast. He is equally scathing about the church as he is about Facism, and also ridicules the inability of the villagers to shake off adolescent sexual fantasies, which gives the film a bawdy Rabalaisian undercurrent.

Much like "Cinema Paradiso", but to a lesser extent, he highlights the huge magnetic pulling power that the romantic cinema of the thirties held for the public around the world. Cinema stills are shown in the background of Gary Cooper from "Beau Geste". and those great comedians Laurel and Hardy. The village beauty is compared to Greta Garbo and one dandy to Ronald Coleman. It is easy to underestimate the influence that cinema had on people of that period. Fellini who lived through it, did not. There are many typical Fellini flourishes like the delightful peacock in the snow. I particularly enjoyed the fantasy sequence involving a sleeping harem, that comes unexpectedly and most bizarrely, to Busby Berkely like life. Wonderful stuff!

Comparisons will inevitably be made with Giuseppe Tournatore's already mentioned "Cinema Paradiso", which recalls his childhood growing up in a small village in Sicily. Again the cinema of the period plays an important role, as does bawdy sexual innuendo. Both films are also graced with evocative and powerful musical scores. Nino Rota's score for "Amarcord" is a very beautiful one, whilst the prolific Ennio Morricone's score was simply sublime. It is possible Tournatore was influenced by the earlier film, but they are clearly two very different animals. Fellini's unique touches make the individual brush strokes of the artist clearly identifiable. "Amarcord" is a fine film by a director at the height of his powers. Having said this I have to agree with the previous reviewer who felt that this was not his finest work. "La Strada" must surely have the greater claim?
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on 16 November 2015
Didn't enjoy this film at all. It was dubbed into American in this version and completely jarred with the action on the screen. Sub-titles and the original Italian dialogue might have been better but the characterisations were very one-dimensional and we switched off after 30 minutes.
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on 6 February 2014
This is a great Movie! Just loved it !! It's like watching a Dream.
It's one of his greater Movies. Romantic, fun and sad all at once.
Reminding us how precious the Italian Culture is.
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on 2 September 2014
I loved watching this film. It was funny, touching and really brought the colourfulness of small communities. Any international film fan can enjoy this.
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on 4 July 2011
This is a masterpiece of Felini`s remembrances of Italy in the thirties when Fascists were rife . It is so very rich in small details and a world that does not exist anymore . Did it even exist then ? Funny mostly !
A Fabulous treat of a film . centered around one seaside village .
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on 13 May 2016
Fantastic. Still fascinating even after several years have gone since I saw it for the first time. Thanks for supplying it!
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on 13 July 2015
It was out of sinc with the voices and the speech of the actors. It was dubbed .
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on 7 June 2016
This version is dubbed into English, I couldn't watch it and got a refund.
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on 8 July 2014
What can you say? One of Felini's best...
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