It is a coming-of-age story that takes place in 1930s Fascist Italy and tells the story of an ordinary family -their sorrows, their joys and their community interactions- over the course of a year, beginning and ending with the arrival of puffballs in Spring. It felt odd to hear an instrumental Stormy Weather in the score. The film is delightful, a joy to watch.
Senses of Cinema describes it:
in Amarcord Fellini revisits his upbringing in fascist Italy. Fellini’s vision depicts an extravagantly funny, dreamlike evocation of life in a small Italian coastal town in the 1930s, not as it literally was, but as recalled by the director (Amarcord can be translated as “I remember”).DVD Verdict calls it "One of the best movies of all time". Roger Ebert considers it a great film, and he opens by saying, "If ever there was a movie made entirely out of nostalgia and joy, by a filmmaker at the heedless height of his powers, that movie is Federico Fellini's "Amarcord."" Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 90%.
It won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.