Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: Amarcord (1973)

Film: Amarcord (171/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

This is my 5th Fellini film, and it's the latest in his filmography that I've seen. It centers around the coming-of-age of the teenage protagonist Titta and all of the wacky characters in his village in 1930's Italy. We see fascists marching through the streets, the voluptuous and sexy Gradisca, and moments of fantasy and exaggeration, parody and irreverence. The film has a very bouncy rhythm, almost like a musical without the songs. In other words, it's very Fellini. It does feel a little disjointed at times, but the performances are solid (especially Magali Noël as Gradisca, who was a lot of fun) and individual scenes are very memorable. I especially enjoyed a scene where the family visits Titta's uncle who has been living in an insane asylum. At one point he climbs into a tree and yells "I WANT A WOMAN!" for hours, throwing rocks at anyone who tries to get him down. It's not my favorite Fellini, but it's a whimsical and interesting little film, definitely a must-watch for Fellini fans. 

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