The misadventures of the various
inhabitants of a 1930's Italian coastal town.
Directed by Federico Fellini
Written by Federico Fellini and Tonino Guerra
Starring Bruno Zanin, Magali Noël, Pupella Maggio,
Armando Brancia, Ciccio Ingrassia, Giuseppe Ianigro
Oscar Wins - Best Foreign Film
Oscar Nominations - Best Director, Best Original Screenplay
For the life of me, I will never understand why some people latch onto films that go absolutely nowhere. Federico Fellini had an eye for visual storytelling, and I still have many more of his films to see. But Amarcord is another stream-of-consciousness movie that's missing character development and plot, so it doesn't do anything for me. I don't want to disparage fans of Fellini. You do you. But I need more.
Our film takes place in a coastal Italian town in the 1930's. There's a steep rise in fascism, thanks to the regime of Mussolini. We get several different little stories that are slightly connected or not connected at all, and we never get any time to attach ourselves to any characters. Apart from the teenager who nearly gets smothered with a giant pair of tits. Not really sure what that was.
Amarcord is a critically-acclaimed Italian masterpiece that I didn't like. Not much else I can say. I prefer films with a story, well-rounded characters, and a point. I don't like films that just meander through two hours of random instances. I'm 100% aware that this is a me problem, but that's the way it is.