20/05/2010 12:37

Pedja’s Film Collection: I remember/Amarcord

I remember/Amarcord is one of Fellini’s most magnificent creations. A fantastic story about a small village that could easily be found in any part of 1930s Italy, during fascism dominion and church’s supremacy. Shackled in would-be conventions and rigid provincial mentality, the film stands as a superb portrayal of life in an environment where even the most absurd of ambitions is greeted with snigger and obstacles and is ultimately doomed to fail. Narrow mindedness, limitedness and inertness are main traits of a small Italian village which nevertheless do not stop Fellini from creating radiant cinematic visions, equally entertaining, mystical, romantic and lamenting, but first and foremost, crowned with unbelievable aesthetic sense. Along with other recognitions and awards, this achievement won Fellini his fourth Oscar for best foreign feature.

Federico Fellini is deemed to be one of the most significant directors in the history of cinema. Crucial for his career was his friendship with Rossellini who introduced him with magical possibilities of creating parallel worlds. Fellini’s directorial debut was “Variety Lights” (Luci del varieta), a co-operation with director Alberto Lattuada. This film heralds the dawning of a new era in post-war Italy and in accordance with it a new era in film poetics: optimism becomes a regular spice and accentuation moves from socio-economic to psychological contents. Poetics grows in the direction of neorealism which was later dubbed “neorealism of the soul” and its most significant representative is Federico Fellini himself. Next to “Amarcord” some of his most influential works include “Gadabouts” (I vitelloni), “The Road” (La strada), “The Sweet Life” (La dolce vita), “Federico Fellini's 8½” (8½), “Juliet of the Spirits” (Giulietta degli spiriti)…