Amarcord (which means “I remember”) is Federico Fellini’s comedic semi-autobiographical look back at his hometown Rimini during the 1930s—and oh, the memories! There’s insane Uncle Teo, who refuses to climb out of a tree because he wants a woman (and then settles for a midget nun); the giant-breasted tobacconist, whom the boys lust after; the Fascist parade with a giant floral arrangement of Mussolini’s face; the prostitute, Volpina, who trolls the town for customers; the femme fatale, Gradisca (the lovely Magalí Noël), who pines for a husband like Gary Cooper—and that’s only a fraction of the colorful cast of characters involved. Now, you can check out Fellini’s joyous movie at the Film Forum in a fresh 35mm print. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1974, Amarcord is worth seeing more than once during this two-week run.
Dec. 3-16, 2008