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The second half of AFI’s Fellini series is split between the auteur’s classics (La Dolce Vita, 8½) and the less satisfying extravaganzas of his later years (Fellini’s Casanova, Fred and Ginger). At the intersection lies 1973’s Amarcord, a dreamlike exploration of life on the Italian seaside just before World War II. Amarcord’s rose-colored recollections made it one of Fellini’s most accessible films, earning him his last Oscar. Drawing laughs from both the blustery proclamations of an impending Fascist regime and the comically oversized mammary glands of the town’s most alluring females, the director’s trademark whimsy, coupled with Nino Rota’s memorable score, helps Amarcord pull off Fellini’s most effective trick: inducing nostalgia for a time and place that never existed.
AMARCORD SHOWS AT 6:30 P.M AT THE AFI SILVER THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER, 8633 COLESVILLE RD., SILVER SPRING. $6–$10. (301) 495-6720.