DIRECTED BY FEDERICO FELLINI
ITALY, 1974, 123 MIN, RATED R
IN ITALIAN AND GREEK WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Presented as part of Olive Garden Italian Cinema Night
Sponsored by Peroni, proudly sponsored by Schenck Company
You don’t have to be Fellini to figure this one out. In his most personal film, Federico Fellini satirizes his childhood in Rimini, Italy, during the Fascist period by transforming it into a festival of adolescent fantasies. Filled with extravagant color, hilarious comic timing, and gloriously oversized breasts and buttocks, AMARCORD (“I remember”) celebrates, through Fellini’s twisted lens, his love of women. Produced in Italy in 1973, this warm, funny, and poignant nostalgia trip opened the 1974 Cannes Film Festival and won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film the same year. Cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno’s images are magnificent, as is the music by the legendary Nino Rota, who also scored the first two Godfather films. Full of Italian folk tales—some romantic, some raunchy, some as mysterious as a peacock flying through a soft snowfall—AMARCORD is a film of profound beauty. Fellini’s autobiographical labor of love proves that nothing can restrain the feelings of pubescent discovery—not Mussolini, not even World War II.