Topic: Fellini's Amarcord Rare 35mm print May 20, 2010 @ The Plaza
Calgary Cinematheque Presents:
35mm / Colour / 123 mins / Italian w/ English subtitles
Thursday, May 20 at 7pm
The Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Road NW
$12 General Admission / $10 Members/Students/Seniors
Academy Award â€“ Best Foreign Film of 1974
AMONG FELLINI'S GREATEST! Beautifully and splendidly orchestrated chaos served as autobiograph ... Slapstick humor and gross-out gags folding into inexplicable poetry.Lance Goldenberg, The Village Voice
The Calgary Cinematheque is pleased conclude its third season with a newly restored 35mm print of Fellini's Amarcord.
A carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the Fascist period, Federico Fellini's most personal film satirizes his youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge, all set to Nina Rota's gorgeous, nostalgia-tinged score.
"I remember" in the Romagnese dialect... Fellini's ultimate work of reminiscence, drawing on memories of his hometown Rimini, unfolds against the spectacles of Fascism in a completely imaginedâ€”and Cinecittï¿½ -createdâ€”world, across four seasons during the 1930s, with vignettes of town life and its inhabitants: the Fascist parade, with an enormous floral arrangement of Mussolini's face; the central character "Titta" (based on a childhood friend of Fellini's), still wearing short pants despite the painful onset of adolescence; the catastrophic family trip to the country with an uncle let out for the day from a mental hospital; bombshell "Gradisca" (Rififi's MagalÃ NoÃ«l), whose adopted name means "Whatever you desire"; the fat boy who hopelessly longs for an unobtainable young virgin; "Ronald Colman," the town Lothario; the local tobacconist, sporting the most mountainous breasts in the whole bosom-oriented Fellini oeuvre; the tall-tale-telling peddler, recounting the night he spent in a harem; Titta's anti-fascist father, forced to "drink" to the party; the sudden appearance of a peacock in the square amidst a freakish snowfall; and the rush to view the magical nighttime passage of the super-liner Rexâ€”all underlined by one of the most haunting of Nino Rota's Fellini scores. Co-written by frequent Antonioni collaborator Tonino Guerra (L'Avventura, Blowup, etc.) and shot in vibrant color by Giuseppe Rotunno (The Leopard), who supervised this restoration, Amarcord was one of Fellini's greatest international hits and critical successes, winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, the New York Critics' Best Director and Film awards, and similar honors around the world, including Japan's Best Foreign Film award.
A film of exhilarating beauty ... as full of tales as Scheherazade, some romantic, some slapstick, some elegiacal, some bawdy, some as mysterious as the unexpected sight of a peacock flying through a light snowfall.Vincent Canby, The New York Times