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‘Amarcord’ released in the year 1973 is an Italian film which can be distinctively encapsulated in the genre of comedy-drama. The film is directed, produced and written by Academy Award winner Federico Fellini and Tonino Guerra. A seminal work in autobiography, the film Amarcord is a tale that narrates the event of coming-of-age with the combination of bawdy comedy. The film narrates a story casted with untamed characters that are shown residing in the fictional town bearing the name Borgo which is created based upon the actual hometown of Fellini which is Rimini of 1930s under the regime of Fascist Italy. The film stars Magali Noel, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio and Armando Brancia. This film won the Academy Awards for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ and at the same time, it received nominations for the Best Director and the Best Writing and the Original Screenplay categories. Synopsis of the Story: The Plot The film ‘Amarcord’ is a satire of the director Federico Fellini’s youth under the fascist regime in Italy and exhibits a carnivalesque picture of the provincial Italy where the director tries to turn the menial chores of life into a circus constructed with social rituals, desires of the adolescent period, fantasies in male and subterfuge subjected to politics all set within the span of a year against the backdrop of a coastal town reminiscing the period of nineteen thirties. The film presents Titta’s sentimental educational journey throughout the year bearing the emblem of Italy’s “lapse of conscience”. Fellini draws upon Mussolini’s ridiculous postures along with those of the Catholic Church that captivated the adolescence of the Italian youth for the perpetual frame of time. Fellini does this by mocking himself and the villagers of his village with the allegorical presentation of the comic scenes that bears the actual connotation of their incapability to accept and adopt moral responsibility and subsequently they outgrow their sexual fantasies. The Elements of Style The aesthetic perspective of the film is completely attuned with the time and setting that the film projects. The colourful setting of a coastal village is quite convincing. The use of bright colours, loud make-ups and appropriate props are deliberately incorporated to project the merry life of a coastal town during summers. The town is reminiscent of Rimini, but the vibrant colours and bright set-up evoke a feeling of larger-than-life on the silver screen. Music plays a very important role in evoking the true mood of the film. The nostalgic score by Nino Rota and Carlo Savina drives away the audience to the by-gone days and yet the music has the punch and the signature of the nineteen seventies which makes it acceptable with the proper blend of historical elements supportive to the demand of the narrative and the plot of the film. Owing to the demand of the plot, there is more than one story that runs parallel within the bigger framework of the film. To synchronise these stories or sub-plots within the single frame is a challenging job and skilful editing of these parallel scenes and plots into a wider perspective would not have been achieved in a better way than Ruggero Mastroianni. The camera work of Fellini and Giuseppe Rotunno is excellent and the neat shots of this film in both the close and distant angels are always commendable. The projection of the sexual fantasies and coming back to the original world need a frequent to and fro camera movement which was accomplished superbly through