I always loved this kind of gap between the italian cinema and all the others. There is something different about the characters, the atmosphere, the stories, everything. Amarcord regrouped everything lovable and let us enter the semi-autobiography of its director Federico Fellini.
We are in the 30s, the fascism movement is implemented in Italy, and the movie is the critique of the consequence this politics had on the population, and somehow on the filmmaker himself.
Let’s suppose, you know nothing about Italy, nor Federico Fellini, and you watch this movie. Objectively, this is the story, partly focusing on a teenage boy and his life experiences, but also on a middle class population, their family bond, and the feeling of joy they’re spreading. Because after all, Amarcord is a comedy (sprinkled by drama).
However, when you put some context, and you watch it again, you understand how Fellini presented his characters as apathetical and indoctrinated by fascism. They are somehow, showing that nothing is harming them, and they’re living in peace. They’re described as passive but also part of the strengthening of the political movement, there is this indirect cooperation between those two.
And if it is semi-biographical, the critique is also made towards Fellini himself. If the youth of Italy at that time wasn’t this concerned about sex, having fun, the celebration of every possible event, but more about their country, freedom and future, they would have made an earlier move. The italian filmmaker remember a time 30years later, but with contempt and nostalgia.
Nevertheless, Amarcord offred us beautiful images that couldn’t be forgot. Some scenes such as the peacock which escaped and flew until he landed majestically in front of the little crowd of people, or the one in which Titta, the teen boy, performed by Bruno Zanin, follows Gradisca (Magali Noël, the most admired and desired women, lose her each time because of a biker, and when finally he gave up, the camera take a step back, and we see them, taking opposite paths. Showing comically and beautifully, the end and the departure of his teenage fantasy.
Amarcord is a majestic movie in its own style and as many filmmakers said, you must watch this Fellini’s brilliant piece of work.