- Federico Fellini
- Magali Noel, Bruno Zanin
Fellini’s affectionate semi-autobiographical film about the seaside town of Rimini under the fascists. The dreamlike story narrates events in the life of a sex-obsessed boy and his anti-fascist father as they tumble through the streets in show-stoppingly beautiful scenes. Amarcord, which means “I remember,” turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies and political subterfuge, all set to Nina Rota’s classic, nostalgia-tinged score. Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1974.
Amarcord is Wes Anderson’s favorite Fellini movie, and was an inspiration for his The Grand Budapest Hotel. According to Anderson, “that movie [Amarcord] has such a different rhythm to this one [Budapest],but it also has so many things in common, but there are many things we’ve drawn on from that movie, for instance the way the Grand Hotel in Amarcord is represented in an even more theatrical way than ours is, or his ship, I don’t think anyone else could get away with it the way Fellini could. I always think about Fellini in terms of the characters, he makes deep characters that are sort of cartoons, and somehow he finds that balance and sometimes I’m trying for something like that with some of mine.” Fellini’s film, comprised of a series of vignettes in an Italian coastal town in the 1930’s, was also “a clear reference for Anderson’s eight-minute short, Castello Cavalcanti. The short stars Jason Schwartzman as Jed Cavalcanti, a Formula One driver who crashes his race car during a night race in the small Italian town that’s also the birthplace of his ancestors. The film is inspired by the annual car race in Amarcord, which also takes place at night in a small Italian town.” (IndieWire)