Amarcord. 1973. Italy . Directed by Federico Fellini. Screenplay by Fellini, Tonino Guerra. With Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia, Magali Noël. 4K digital restoration. In Italian; English subtitles. 123 min.
Amarcord means “I remember” in the dialect spoken in the region of Fellini’s hometown, Rimini. Reconstructed in Cinecittà’s studios in Rome, Rimini is full of color and character during the 1930s Mussolini era. Fellini puts his background in comic sketches to full use by portraying the inhabitants of provincial life as caricatures of the moment, and the result is a mix of cynicism and humor that simultaneously critiques and expresses affection for Italian life. Amarcord won Fellini his fourth Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category.