Turns out, I *did* get to see my Fellini movie tonight. Glad I did, too, as it was wonderful! Not that I've EVER seen a Fellini I didn't love to bits, but this was really, really outstanding. Amarcord
is set in a seaside town in the time of Mussolini, but it's really quite timeless and, at least in my eyes, does a fantastic job of capturing Italy and elements of the Italian people, past and present. There are so many great moments in it too, including a lovely strip tease featuring the "Gradisca" -- a lady who I'd both like to be
and to do
. He he! Other memorable scenes: Fascists integorrating the main character's father (and forcing him to drink castor oil), a peacock flying into the main piazza during a snowstorm, and crazy Uncle Teo climbing up a tree and yelling (for five hours) "DESIDERO UNA DONNA" ("I WANT A WOMAN!") LOL. Meanwhile, the overall flavor of the movie reminded me very much of Woody Allen's Radio Days
, which I love, as well as Cinema Paradiso
, a later Italian film that I used
to love but now realize is fairly derivative and overly nostalgic.
Related link: Review by Roger Ebert
, from his series, The Great Movies.
P.S. OMG, and I forgot to mention the scene with THE BREASTS! Caleb has GOT to see this movie, if only JUST for that!