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Amarcord [DVD Boxset] [Criterion Collection; 2-Disc Set]

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  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Federico Fellini's AMARCORD, an acclaimed semiautobiographical episodic drama, examines life in a small Adriatic village just before Mussolini's reign in the 1930s. As the weather changes and spring arrives, the village holds a festival in which it burns a symbolic bonfire and celebrates new life. This gathering in the central square is the first of many others throughout the film. Each time the community assembles, its colorful members show themselves in full force, boasting their bizarre, disjointed personalities--and pure mischief is the result. Several of the village ladies wear their eyebrows penciled on in high, provocative arches, a style that seethes sex and drama, coaxing the camera to follow them. The film takes on a circusy, chaotic tone, making it difficult to see a clear plot structure; AMARCORD instead breaks up into several memorably surreal sequences, a few of which follow a young man named Titta (Bruno Zanin) who wanders in and out of the animated provincial landscape, meeting assorted crazy characters and obsessing over sex. The beautiful clashes with the grotesque and politics and family matters blend together while sex is offset by violence in the inimitable style of Italy's late master of cinema, whose tour de force won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

    Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 1974

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1632

  • Credits
    Pupella Maggio, Magali Noel, Magali Nol, Bruno Zanin, Josianne Tanzilli
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Fellini catches us by attacking where he is strongest, at gut-level..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...A Fellini masterwork to rank along with 8 1/2 and I VITELLONI..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "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."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[Fellini's] unique, untethered imagination bleeds into every frame..."
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    "AMARCORD unfolds as a pageant, a fresco, in the splendid Fellini tradition that embraces the fantastic, the hilarious, the grotesque and the unexpectedly beautiful."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[A] 1973 color classic, which mostly abandons plot for a series of wild but often touching vignettes exploring the foibles, characters and cruelties of small-time life during the fascist years in Italy."
    Washington Post

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