• Introduced by Alessandro Carrera, University of Houston
• A book signing follows

On the 100th birthday of famed Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini (1920–1993), the Museum presents Amarcord, one of his most beloved films. This screening also serves as a precursor to the fall 2020 retrospective at the MFAH and Rice Cinema. Following the film is a book signing with Alessandro Carrera (Fellini’s Eternal Rome: Paganism and Christianity in the Films of Federico Fellini).

A carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the Fascist period, Fellini’s most personal film satirizes his youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge, all set to Nino Rota’s gorgeous, nostalgia-tinged score. The enduring classic is presented in a new Janus Films restoration, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno.

“I have the impression that fascism and adolescence continue to be ... permanent historical seasons of our lives ... remaining children for eternity, leaving responsibilities for others, living with the comforting sensation that there is someone who thinks for you ... and in the meanwhile, you have this limited, time-wasting freedom which permits you only to cultivate absurd dreams....” —Federico Fellini

• “The title means ‘I remember’ in the dialect of Rimini, the seaside town of his youth, but these are memories of memories, transformed by affection and fantasy and much improved in the telling. Amarcord is like a long dance number, interrupted by dialogue, public events, and meals. It is constructed like a guided tour through a year in the life of the town.” —Roger Ebert 

• “Amarcord performs a certain magic that only a master of the cinema could accomplish.” —film scholar Peter Bondanella

• “Fellini is so bountiful with incident and observation that he makes most other filmmakers seem stingy.” —Time

• “Fellini shoots much of the film in muted colors that seem slightly out of focus, as if he were attempting to transport us into a dreamlike state.” —Cinemania

• WATCH “Three reasons: Amarcord”

• READ Essay by film scholar Peter Bondanella

About the Speaker
Alessandro Carrera was born in Lodi, Italy. He has been a music critic, a songwriter, and an executive editor of scientific magazines. He was hired by the University of Houston in 2001 and is now full professor, director of Italian studies, and graduate director of world cultures and literatures. Carrera has translated into Italian three Graham Greene novels, and the songs and prose of Bob Dylan.

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Federico Fellini
Italian with English subtitles
Running Time
123 minutes
35mm, Color