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AmarcordThe movie’s title (pronounced [amarˈkɔrd]) is a univerbation of the Romagnolo phrase "a m'arcord" ("I remember"). The title then became a neologism of the Italian language, with the meaning of 'nostalgic revocation'.

Rimini, on the trail of Federico Fellini

“Amarcord” Federico, a little child who used to spend time in his small room making up a fantasy world where used to meet characters he would watch at the cinema. “Amarcord” Federico, a teenager who used to sneak out of the house to go the cinema. “Amarcord” Federico who didn’t remember the plot during his first movie as a director, then he brought his eye to the camera… the rest is history.

The same history that Rimini, his hometown, wanted to retrace through the alleys he was madly in love with, to the point of representing vices and virtues in a circus of eccentric and wacky characters in a dreamlike and mysterious atmosphere, but strongly suggestive. 

However, Federico did not shoot a single scene in Rimini, he just wanted to remember it, as in a dream, representing a different, but no less authentic childhood.

Finally Rimini returns to being the home of one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of cinema thanks to exhibitions, events and artistic productions which take place in Rimini old town.

We want to pay tribute to him with an itinerary to discover the places where he was born and raised, in a circus of bizarre and picturesque characters, not so different from those of his movies. 

Pack your bags, Rimini is waiting for you.

The tour starts from Borgo San Giuliano, between the charm of the colored houses and the walls painted with the most suggestive scenes of Fellini's movies, such as the kiss between Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg taken from 1960 movie "La Dolce Vita". Here you can breathe the magical atmosphere of "Amarcord", among fishermen, murals and the "Festa de Borg", a traditional festival celebrated every 2 years in honor of the director.

 

Let’s cross the millennium Tiberius Bridge and in a few minutes you will arrive in Cavour Square where you can find “Fontana della Pigna”, made famous in the setting of "Amarcord" movie, where a peacock lands majestically on the white marble of the fountain on a snowy day.

Just before Cavour Square, at number 162, you can find the Fulgor Cinema where Fellini, at the age of 6, watched his first movie: "Maciste all'Inferno". Fulgor was restored in 2018 and it represents the glory of those times. For a memorable experience we suggest you to watch a movie in the Federico’s Hall, a real 1930s work of art in Hollywood style among golden stucco and warm colors with bright and joyful decorations created by Dante Ferretti, an Oscar-winning designer who had been working close to Fellini since 1969.

Behind the Fountain, Via Poletti leads to Malatesta Square where Sismondo Castle, known as Rocca Malatestiana, was inaugurated in 1446. Fellini often tells of that day when he was still a child and he ran away from home to go to the circus which was periodically set up in front of the fortress; the bizarre and nostalgic characters of those shows would be an inspiration for “I Clowns” movie.

Right here you can visit until 13 April 2020 "Fellini 100 – Genio Immortale" exhibition, a preview of the Fellini Museum which will open at the end of the year. The exhibition is dedicated to the story of the director's real and fantasy characters and many unpublished props that highlight Fellini's imagination and creativity and it’s set up as a sort of cinematographic sets. However, the exhibition will not stop in Rimini but will continue in Rome and it will cross national borders until Los Angeles, Moscow and Berlin.

Let’s turn your back to Galli Theater and continue the tour to Via Gambalunga where you can find Gambalunga’s Library, entrance number 34 of Via Tempio Malatestiano. In the past it was Fellini’s gymnasium, where he has spent 5 years as a student.

Along the street you get to the Rimini Cathedral, the most significant Renaissance architecture of the IV century in Italy: "When there was nobody, the marble seats were cool; the tombs, bishops and medieval knights watched us sinister and protective in the shadow. (Ritorno a La mia Rimini, Federico Fellini, Guaraldi Editore)

Just opposite the Cathedral there was “Bottega FeBo” a workshop which carried the initials of Fellini and the Rimini painter Bonini names, where the director drew and sold self-produced caricatures and portraits.

Let’s walk towards Piazzale Cesare Battisti, near the station; cross the underpass, rewind the tape and go back in time: it is January 20, 1920, it’s 9:30 pm, there is a storm outside, the sea is rough, Fellini is just born.

On the left you can find his first house in Via Dardanelli 10. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Palazzo Ripa, in 115 Corso d'Augusto, here the director's first childhood memories: “The Ripa palace is the first house that I really remember. It’s still there: it’s a building on Corso d’Augusto. Our landlord was always dressed in blue: the blue suit, the blue bowler hat and a white full beard, like a divinity to worship, not to irritate. My mother wiped her hands while saying "Children, stay still, Mr. Ripa is here".

Take the street running parallel, the elegant Viale Principe Amedeo which ends with "Piazzale Fellini", a square dedicated to the great Rimini director where the "Grand Hotel" is located, a national monument repeatedly immortalized in "I Vitelloni" movie, when Rimini reached the heyday even in winter season.

As a boy Fellini dreamed of the Grand Hotel, as if it was something unreachable, unaware about what the future would hold: “Grand Hotel was the tale of wealth, luxury and oriental splendor. When the descriptions in the novels I read were not stimulating enough to arouse suggestive scenarios in my imagination, I came up with the Grand Hotel, like certain shabby theaters that use the same scenario for all situations”

It was a timeless world symbol of Rimini Belle Époque and the director's home where took shape fantasies and forbidden dreams; whenever he felt homesick he used to go to “Grand Hotel” and choose the same room, 316.

Everything was possible in this place: "Crimes, kidnappings, mad love nights, blackmail, suicides... During summer evenings “Grand Hotel” became Istanbul, Baghdad and Hollywood..."

Opening the bedroom window he watched the sea, that sea where the "Vitelloni" walked and the theater of "Scureza", his movie character who used to jaunt to the pier by motorbike, where everything started and everything ends.

 

"Amarcord" that Fellini's movies, the man, left, traveled everywhere, entered homes of people all over the world, meanwhile he stayed still, he decided not to leave and stay in his Rimini.

 

 

"Fellini 100 – Genio Immortale" Exhibition

Where: Castel Sismondo, Piazza Malatesta, Rimini

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.   Closed on non-holiday Mondays

Tickets

Standard: € 10,00


Discounted: € 8,00 groups of more than 15 people, visitors under 18, over 65


Discounted for schools: € 5,00 Primary and secondary school groups, children from 6 to 14 and university students with ID card


Special Family Ticket: € 22,00 Admission for two adults and one/two children up to 14 years old

 

Official Website: https://www.mostrafellini100.it/

 

Cinema Fulgor 

 

Where: Corso d’Augusto 162

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 4pm to 11pm

Tickets

Standard: € 8

Student Seniors (age 65+): € 5

Wednesday – Regular ticket: € 5

Friday – Women: € 4

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