in about 100 words or less
Italy 127m, Colour
Director: Federico Fellini; Cast: Magali Noel, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia
Amarcord is a remarkable film which depicts a large cast of eccentric characters who inhabit a fictional village during the height of Italy’s 1930s fascism. Loosely structured, the story is marked in time by the annual arrival of the “puffballs”. Taking place over the period of a calendar year, it depicts the simplicity of life during a period where personal freedoms were sacrificed and replaced with simple pleasures. While not an overtly political film, Fellini seems as interested in presenting the feel and look of the period, as he is concerned about the motivations for the townspeople who are portrayed. Amarcord has the look and feel of a dream and is a visual treat worthy of repeated viewing (Klaus Ming December 2009).