Depending on the time zone, 19 or 20 March marks the Vernal Equinox, one of my favorite holidays. At our house we have a tradition of celebrating the coming of spring and spiritual renewal with friends and family. Good food, wine and conversation are shared, a nice big bonfire blazes in the backyard and of course...a Fellini film!
The opening scenes of Fellini’s AMARCORD depict the coming of spring in a small provincial town in Italy during the late 1930’s, making it apropos for an equinox celebration. Early in the film the tradition of burning the “witch of winter” on the fogarazza (bonfire) is comically portrayed. This scene was the inspiration for the semi-annual celebrations we have at our house. AMARCORD is also the perfect film to introduce newcomers to Fellini.