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Five young men linger in a postadolescent limbo, dreaming of adventure and escape from their small seacoast town. They while away their time spending the lira doled out by their indulgent families on drink, women, and nights at the local pool hall. Federico Fellini’s second solo directorial effort (originally released in the U.S. as The Young and the Passionate) is a semiautobiographical masterpiece of sharply drawn character sketches: Skirt chaser Fausto, forced to marry a girl he has impregnated; Alberto, the perpetual child; Leopoldo, a writer thirsting for fame; and Moraldo, the only member of the group troubled by a moral conscience. An international success and recipient of an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay, I vitelloni compassionately details a year in the life of a group of small-town layabouts struggling to find meaning in their lives.
From the opening shot where the five young protagonists sing drunkenly on the streets of their small Italian village, I was fully immersed and engrossed in I Vitelloni, Federico Fellini’s second solo film. The magnificent sequence that followed, a beauty contest where all the characters and their relationships are presented, promised a remarkable character study – and that’s exactly what Fellini exposes in this nostalgic and dynamic picture.
Each one of his exceptionally written characters possess innate characteristics that compose sensible and genuine personalities, making the relationship between audience and film incredibly fruitful. The adventures that befall them allow us to see the amusing schemes they apply to get out of difficult situations, some of which involve secondary characters that…
I Vitelloni is quiet, assured, and bursting with atmosphere. The characters are careless jerks, sure, but you can’t help but like them anyway. The existential ennui they face is all too familiar. I Vitelloni captures the bittersweet aimlessness of fast-fading youth in a way that makes it seem both nostalgic and frightening. To be stuck in limbo like that for an indefinite amount of time in such a small town, regardless of how sweet and sleepy it is... it’s hard to imagine a more unfulfilling existence.
I Vitelloni is everything I hoped my second Fellini would be: sweet, ironic, and nostalgic at once. It’s not much like La Dolce Vita in that the sense of wonder and hope hasn’t yet…
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Fellini started his career by collaborating on scripts for Italian Neo-Realist films, most notably for Roberto Rossellini on "Rome, Open City" and "Paisan". For the first few films he directed, ""I Vetelloni" included, it is only natural that he would explore similar territory before transitioning to a more unique and personal style with films such as "La Strada" and "The Nights of Cabiria".
This film is about a group of young men that are no longer adolescents but managed to insulate themselves from adult responsibilities by remaining in their small home town and sponging of their parents, all the while…
This was surprisingly poignant.
Not much to say about it, although it's like Scorsese, if Scorsese was making films in 1953, in black and white, in Italian.
An emotional and ultimately uplifting cinematic experience.
It screams nostalgia at me, again and again and again. So much nostalgia.
It's a time capsule, but of no specific time; in other words, it's timeless.
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Criterion Collection - #246
After watching L'avventura, I had this craving for more Italian cinema, and I thought, who better than Federico Fellini. I had the choice to start off with his well known classics like 8 1/2 or La Dolce Vita, but I decided to start his filmography as early as possible. My local library doesn't have any copies of The White Sheik or Variety Lights, so that meant I had to start off with I Vitelloni. After finishing it, I was left satisfied and wanting more from the director's work.
The film was written by Federico Fellini and Ennio Flaiano, with story contributions from Tullio Pinelli. They have written a wonderful film about 5 men,…
Bittersweet. Best word I can use to describe it.
Had a Scorsese vibe to me. Like "Mean Streets" or something. Obviously this came before.
Its strength comes from the rotation of stories, and the well intended lives of these characters that essentially add up to nothing. Particularly the playwright.
It's funny and tender, and I think ultimately sad overall, and the best Fellini that I've seen, I'd say.
Still the dubbed dialogue really irks me, but what can ya do.
First Fellini film I'm watching in trying to see what his cannonized best are, according to the They Shoot Pictures top 1000 list. Very good beginning, with a lot of humor and melodrama spread amongst a group of friends in the same small Italian town.
For me (not you) Fellini is a great filmmaker because he's made three excellent movies. I count this among the three even though I've never seen it.
I believe I will love it because reportedly it draws upon Fellini's own fear of ending up trapped in his hometown and becoming a vitelloni. Fellini is at his best when he has a subject outside himself and when he operates as a critic. When his subject is himself his films feels like sound and fury signifying nothing. (For example, I desperately want to see Satyricon but I've never been able to last more than ten minutes due to its air of lethargic self-indulgence.)
In his own words: "During the thirties and forties…
American Graffiti Italian Style.
«He who cares not for art, cares not for life.»
This movie makes me simultaneously a) lament never living like a typical college-age man, and b) so, so grateful to have had models showing me that there are other options than living like a typical college-age man. Come to think of it, almost all of Fellini's movies give me this double-reaction to whatever stage of life he is depicting. He makes me feel the full range of emotions (admiration, disgust, envy, pity) about characters I am nothing like, a true directorial feat.
hell with sacrilege, not a fan of the five dumb, loud men
That time when it was beautiful to be a man. One of the truest movies in history. To all my friends, nothing passes.
Like a poem from Fellini to the profundity of film. A masterpiece.
Fellini would host the fucking best parties.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)