Humanities Moments

Seeing Fellini’s Amarcord Was the Greatest Cultural Moment of My Life

Contributed by Roddy Doyle, author
Federico Fellini's Amarcord
In this video, author Roddy Doyle describes the experience of seeing Fellini’s Amarcord for the first time as a boy in Dublin. Growing up in Ireland, at that time a strict Catholic country, it was revelatory for him to see the religion ridiculed in the subversive comedy-drama. The combination of the beautiful and the grotesque mesmerized the young Doyle, who found the film “a great antidote” to the strict environment of his own religious high school.

Title

Seeing Fellini’s Amarcord Was the Greatest Cultural Moment of My Life

Subject

Looking back, Doyle reflects that Amarcord was there, in the back of his head, “nudging” him in his own creative work as a writer. Though he can never “really pin it down,” seeing the film remains “the greatest cultural moment” of his life.

Description

In this video, author Roddy Doyle describes the experience of seeing Fellini’s Amarcord for the first time as a boy in Dublin. Growing up in Ireland, at that time a strict Catholic country, it was revelatory for him to see the religion ridiculed in the subversive comedy-drama. The combination of the beautiful and the grotesque mesmerized the young Doyle, who found the film “a great antidote” to the strict environment of his own religious high school.

Creator

Federico Fellini

Source

Amarcord

Date

1974

Contributor

Roddy Doyle, author

Identifier

roddy-doyle-fellini-amarcord

Location