Classic Movie Review: Amarcord (1973)

Title: Amarcord
Release Date: December 18, 1973
Director: Federico Fellini
Production Company: F.C. Produzioni | PECF

Fellini’s semi-autobiographical film focuses on life in a small Italian village on the Adriatic in the 1930s. The village is populated with eccentric characters who border on being grotesques. Throughout the movie, people shout at each other, they make lots of fart and piss jokes, and are obsessed with sex. The teenage boy Titta (Bruno Zanin) is the putative protagonist although the very loose narrative ranges wildly through the town and its various characters. I particularly like the town lawyer (Luigi Rossi) who periodically pops up to offer a tour guide’s narrative of the town’s history.

The movie has some striking images that demonstrate Fellini’s skill as a director. The “fluffballs” blowing through the town marking the arrival of spring, Titta’s mad uncle sitting in a tree shouting “I want a woman,” cars racing through the village’s narrow streets, a peacock on a frozen fountain in a town square full of chest-high snow, and a blind accordion player in a deserted field. Nevertheless, I found this movie a chore to watch. Call me uncultured swine, but I just don’t think I’m a Fellini person.

Rating: **1/2

Fourteen Candles

My blog, paraphrasing Samantha Baker from the John Hughes movie Sixteen Candles, to me:

“You fucking forgot my birthday!”

It’s true. This blog turned 14 on December 4, 2020. And I completely failed to commemorate in the usual style. Sorry, blog.

I don’t have much to say in reflection other than to marvel that 14 years is a long time for me to consistently do anything. I think the only things that surpass me are working on this blog are 1) my marriage to Susan (15 years), and 2) my employment at the same library, albeit not in the same job (20 years).

So congratulations Panorama of the Mountains for being a consistent part of my life for an extraordinary time!