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according_VBG
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,_,
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human_JJ
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._.
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live_VB
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the_DT
experience_NN
._.
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the_DT
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hand_NN
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atlantic_NP
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america_NP
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the_DT
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._.
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,_,
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small_JJ
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._.
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._.
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rimini_NP
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role_NN
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narrator_NN
,_,
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,_,
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titta_NP
(_(
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bruno_???
zanin_FW
)_(
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local_JJ
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(_(
played_VBD
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)_)
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,_,
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(_(
played_VBN
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armando_NP
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)_)
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regime_NN
._.
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ultimate_JJ
nostalgia_NN
film_NN
,_,
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very_RB
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those_DT
people_NN
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actually_RB
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federico_NP
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work_NN
very_RB
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._.
every_DT
member_NN
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its_PP$
potential_NN
audience_NN
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find_VB
part_NN
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himself_PPX
or_CC
herself_PPX
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this_DT
film_NN
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fellini_NP
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this_DT
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clearly_RB
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human_JJ
desire_NN
to_IN
paint_NN
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the_DT
best_JJS
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possible_JJ
._.
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its_PP$
subjective_JJ
interpretation_NN
could_MD
be_BE
found_VBN
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the_DT
title_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
-_-
word_NN
"_"
amarcord_NP
"_"
is_BEZ
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badly_RB
pronounced_JJ
phrase_NN
"_"
i_PP
remember_VB
"_"
in_IN
local_JJ
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dialect_NN
._.
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the_DT
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word_NN
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distorted_VBN
,_,
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the_DT
past_NN
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memories_NNS
of_IN
those_DT
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remember_VB
it_PP
._.
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the_DT
premiere_NN
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fellini_NP
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autobiographical_JJ
character_NN
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this_DT
film_NN
,_,
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doesn't_DOZ
matter_NN
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rimini_NP
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actually_RB
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rimini_NP
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fellini_NP
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this_DT
film_NN
._.
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a_DT
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reality_NN
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dark_JJ
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gargantuan_JJ
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._.
every_DT
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,_,
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1930s_CD
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movie_NN
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rimini_NP
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almost_RB
indistinguishable_JJ
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magical_JJ
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characters_NNS
'_"
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._.
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that_DT
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this_DT
film_NN
looks_VBZ
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the_DT
real_JJ
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._.
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fellinian_JJ
make-over_NN
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fellini_NP
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mussolini_NP
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nothing_PN
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visual_JJ
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popular_JJ
support_NN
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history_NN
)_)
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comedy_NN
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true_JJ
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becomes_VBZ
opportunity_NN
for_IN
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macabre_JJ
humour_NN
._.
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his_PP$
italian_JJ
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1930s_CD
,_,
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1930s_CD
period_NN
setting_NN
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explicitly_RB
condemn_VB
fascism_NN
and_CC
serve_VB
fashionable_JJ
political_JJ
agenda_NN
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fellini_NP
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care_VB
that_CS
much_DT
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politics_NN
._.
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of_IN
self-righteous_JJ
moral_JJ
perspective_NN
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compensated_VBN
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fellini_NP
's_POS
humanistic_JJ
approach_NN
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his_PP$
characters_NNS
._.
each_DT
of_IN
them_PP
,_,
regardless_RB
of_IN
age_NN
,_,
gender_NN
,_,
social_JJ
class_NN
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physical_JJ
appearance_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
given_VBN
opportunity_NN
to_IN
express_NN
his_PP$
or_CC
her_PP$
views_NNS
,_,
dreams_NNS
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._.
fellini_NP
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those_DT
characters_NNS
with_IN
warmth_NN
and_CC
affection_NN
,_,
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he_PP
paints_VBZ
them_PP
as_IN
grotesque_NN
caricatures_NNS
of_IN
real_JJ
people_NN
._.
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this_DT
warmth_NN
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democratic_JJ
spirit_NN
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amarcord_NP
could_MD
be_BE
viewed_VBN
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one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
humane_JJ
films_NNS
of_IN
20th_CD
century_NN
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it_PP
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general_JJ
feel_NN
good_JJ
atmosphere_NN
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depicting_VBG
having_HVG
many_DT
uncomfortable_JJ
,_,
melancholic_JJ
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even_RB
tragic_JJ
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._.
fellini_NP
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produce_VB
such_DT
effects_NNS
without_IN
using_VBG
his_PP$
own_DT
directorial_JJ
talent_NN
that_CS
gave_VBD
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very_RB
personal_JJ
touch_NN
to_IN
this_DT
movie_NN
._.
vignettes_NNS
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memorable_JJ
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of_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
only_RB
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fellini_NP
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camera_NN
,_,
painting_NN
film_NN
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bright_JJ
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,_,
especially_RB
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the_DT
scenes_NNS
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character_NN
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._.
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to_TO
use_VB
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location_NN
happens_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
luxurious_JJ
hotel_NN
,_,
bright-coloured_VBN
beach_NN
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rural_JJ
countryside_NN
._.
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down-to-earth_NN
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rimini_NP
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dimension_NN
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snowfall_NN
._.
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the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
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credible_JJ
special_JJ
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somewhat_RB
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same_DT
effect_NN
during_IN
the_DT
ocean_NN
liner_NN
scene_NN
._.
this_DT
atmosphere_NN
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provided_VBN
by_IN
incredible_JJ
talent_NN
of_IN
composer_NN
and_CC
fellini_NP
's_POS
long-time_JJ
associate_NN
nino_???
rota_NN
._.
his_PP$
amarcord_NN
theme_NN
is_BEZ
probably_RB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
recognisable_JJ
,_,
most_DT
popular_JJ
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most_DT
relaxing_JJ
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uplifting_JJ
pieces_NNS
of_IN
film_NN
music_NN
ever_RB
produced_VBN
._.
that_CS
music_NN
alone_RB
should_MD
be_BE
the_DT
reason_NN
to_IN
view_NN
amarcord_NP
as_IN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
indisputable_JJ
classics_NNS
of_IN
seventh_OD
art_NN
._.
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