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Amarcord

Screening on Film
Directed by Federico Fellini.
With Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia, Magali Noël.
France/Italy, 1974, 35mm, color, 127 min.
Italian with English subtitles.
Print source: HFA

N is for Nostalgia

A series of impressionistic vignettes depicting Fellini’s seaside hometown of Rimini during the Fascist era, Amarcord centers on a family with a sex-obsessed teenage son, an irascible anti-fascist father, and an insane uncle. Employing a gentle mixture of dreamlike fantasy and bittersweet cynicism, Amarcord ("I remember" in the local dialect) breathlessly shifts between the melodramatic, the intimate, and the burlesque. One of Fellini’s most accessible and compelling films, the work is replete with unforgettable images—a peacock flying through the snow, a child on his way to school who encounters cows that the early-morning fog has transformed into monsters.

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