Amarcord (Italian: [amarˈkɔrd]) is a 1973 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini, a semi-autobiographical tale about Titta, an adolescent boy growing up among an eccentric cast of characters in the village of Borgo San Giuliano (situated near the ancient walls of Rimini)[1] in 1930s Fascist Italy. The film's title is a univerbation of the Romagnol phrase a m'arcôrd ("I remember").[2] The title then became a neologism of the Italian language, with the meaning of "nostalgic revocation".[3] The titular role of Titta is indeed based on Fellini's childhood friend from Rimini, Luigi Titta Benzi. Benzi became a lawyer and remained in close contact with Fellini throughout his life.[4]

Original movie poster, by John Alcorn
Directed byFederico Fellini
Written byFederico Fellini
Tonino Guerra
Produced byFranco Cristaldi
StarringBruno Zanin
Magali Noël
Pupella Maggio
Armando Brancia
CinematographyGiuseppe Rotunno
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Music byNino Rota
Distributed byPIC Distribuzione (IT)
Warner Bros. (International)
Release date
  • 18 December 1973 (1973-12-18) (Italy)
Running time
124 minutes

Titta's sentimental education is emblematic of Italy's "lapse of conscience".[5] Fellini skewers Mussolini's ludicrous posturings and those of a Catholic Church that "imprisoned Italians in a perpetual adolescence"[6] by mocking himself and his fellow villagers in comic scenes that underline their incapacity to adopt genuine moral responsibility or outgrow foolish sexual fantasies.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and was nominated for two more Academy Awards: Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

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