Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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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Task #10: A film about or featuring a wedding!
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…
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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,…
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.
I Vitelloni is one of the most joyous and provocative celebrations of the most relevant event of our very lives: life itself. Federico Fellini begins his influential and unparalleled filmography with definitely one of his most multi-talented and elaborate masterpieces. It may have been a good technique for Fellini to resort to an autobiographical portrait rather than a completely original story precisely because he always stated that he wanted cinematic audiences to see life like his eyes did. With I Vitelloni, Fellini goes nostalgic, and in the process established most of the important bases that would determine the characteristics that latter films of the same genre had, not to mention it was an extremely obvious and strong influence for Martin…
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.
Fantastic tale of friends 5 years beyond when they should have started their lives already.
It's a rambling slice of life film that doesn't reveal what it's saying on the surface.
But listen to the score and watch the compositions and it all becomes clear. If that doesn't work, the resigned and brilliant ending should.
I'm thinking I prefer earlier, more linear Fellini to his later carnivals.
In the opening minutes of the sombre yet nostalgic I, Vitelloni, five layabouts find their night out interrupted by a violent downpour. Amidst the circus frenzy provoked by the storm, the youngest of the group, Moraldo, is heard flippantly proclaiming, “It’s beautiful outside, like the end of the world.” In a sense, he’s more right than he realises but, like all endings, this opening scene is also a beginning in more ways than the obvious. For one thing, I Vitelloni was the first film from the renowned Federico Fellini to be distributed internationally and it served as an early indication of the greatness possessed by its director, while remaining an important and beloved work in its own right. As well…
Although rooted in the neo-realism themes, Fellini knows how to throw a good and decadent party...
Film 3 of 4 in my "Taste of Italy" Week
One of Fellini's earliest films, but even at this stage in his career it was obvious he was a master of the character. These personalities feel real to us. And although each is similar, each is also very different. These young boys and their lives in Italy are portrayed wonderfully, and it's quite intriguing to see such an early work from the accomplished director.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)