Amarcord (1974)

Federico Fellini's warmly nostalgic memory piece examines daily life in the Italian village of Rimini during the reign of Mussolini, and won the 1974 Academy Award as Best Foreign Film. The film's greatest asset is its ability to be… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 19, 1974
DVD Release Date: April 3, 1998
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ribald, sweet, and sentimental, Amarcord is a larger-than-life journey through a seaside village and its colorful citizens.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Continues to resemble something a lewd, grouchy, fitfully indecent silent-movie director might have made for his first time using color and sound. That, at least, would explain the shouting.

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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

Orthodox Fellini lovers will give primacy to La Strada or La Dolce Vita, but Amarcord has its fans, and it's easy to see why.

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Dan Jardine

Fellini shoots much of the film in muted colors that seem slightly out-of-focus, as if he were attempting to transport us into a dreamlike state.

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

Fellini is so bountiful with incident and observation that he makes most other film makers seem stingy.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

He [Director Fellini] leaves us with the hope that the human comedy just may be able to survive everything.

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Glenn Dunks

Fellini's ability to compose a frame that oozes baroque drama and vitality is almost unparalleled and Amarcord more or less succeeded for me in evoking a time period through the eyes of a young boy...

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Federico Fellini's films beg to be seen on a movie screen. Their panoramic, overstuffed frames and larger-than-life characters overflow the boundaries of home theater; their exuberant, generous humor is best enjoyed in a packed auditorium.

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Variety Staff

This Fellini opus is his most accessible to mass audiences since La Dolce Vita.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Sweet and endearing for many, irritating and tedious for others.

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Carlos Magalh„es
Fellini reaches the highest point of his personal musings as an artist, using his unmistakable style to recreate his boyhood into a stupendous seriocomic… More
Reid Volk
As you watch the film, you can tell you are on an incredibly personal journey. Fellini displays the delinquency of youth put against the backdrop of a land with… More
Tim Salmons
I admit I've never been a huge Fellini fan, but I found Amarcord to be quite engaging. If anything, it's a portrait of humanity at its most… More
Jim Hunter
Dear Federico Fellini: I just watched <i>Amarcord</i>, and I'm left wondering: if this was what your youth was like, why am I not more famous?… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
An unorthodox semi-autobiography of director Federico Fellini, 1930's Italy, Amarcord is a vivid and ill-tempered mock of the personal youth of the… More
Ross Collins
Seminal comedy of 30s life in a small Italian town. As a Brit the caricatures remind me of the "Carry On" series, "Carry on Mussolini"… More