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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…
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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…
"He who cares not for art, cares not for life"
Fellini's ode to friendship during changing times has influenced countless of movies...Great acting,wonderful black and white cinematography,becomes a bit cliched in the last act but that's not a big issue..captures the joyous occasions of life which would become his signature trademark.
I Vitelloni is my first Federico Fellini film. I deemed it a good place to start since it's considered an important work in the director's evolution as an artist and a filmmaker, and was also reportedly Stanley Kubrick's favourite film. It tells the story of five men living in a small town, each at pivotal moments in their lives. Fausto (Franco Fabrizi) is forced to marry the woman he has accidentally impregnated, but continues to chase skirt whenever he can; Riccardo (Riccardo Fellini) is a famous singer in the community; Alberto (Alberto Sordi) continues to live off his mother whilst berating his sister over the lovers she chooses; Leopoldo (Leopoldo Trieste) is a would-be playwright who hopes a famous stage…
Federico Fellini, tu talento era inmenso y qué manera de dejarlo claro con uno de sus primeros trabajos, como lo fue su increíble I Vitelloni.
Es notable la influencia que ha tenido en muchos cineastas y es que este estudio de personajes que hace este genio en esta película es de admirar. Sin nada de pretensiones, nos muestra la vida de 5 hombres entrando a la edad adulta en un pequeño pueblo de Italia, sus amores, sus fiestas, sus preocupaciones; todo esto de la mano de excelentes interpretaciones por parte de todos los que le dieron vida a estos personajes tan bien escritos. Un verdadero placer seguir conociendo la filmografía de uno de los grandes del cine, sin duda alguna.…
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*The Golden Coach
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Federico Fellini's 1953 masterpiece I Vitelloni illustrates the director's typical command of human frailty in this portrait of the idle 20-something offspring of the Italian middle class. The title translates as "big slabs of veal," an apt analogy for the five immature, spoiled men frittering away their lives in the Adriatic seaside town of Rimini, where Fellini also grew up.
The film opens as the buzz and excitement of summer changes, in an instant, to the bitter reality of tourist season's end. The five friends -- Fausto, Leopoldo, Riccardo, Alberto and Moraldo -- roam Rimini's streets in idle recreation, play pool and wait for Carnival, which becomes a stand-in for an unlived fantasy life.
A typical Italian story of a forced marriage, ongoing affairs, petty crime in a seaside town. Young people trying to establish their lives.
I guess it's sign of movie being a masterpiece if it feels modern after 60 years of it's release.
It's fine, I guess. There's nothing particularly wrong with it. But there's absolutely nothing special about it either.
Honestly, I'm pretty sure that I prefer The Inbetweeners Movie to this.
A poignant look the friendship and ennui of some young yet grown up boys in small-town Italy. It feels strange to note some of the seeds of today's modern crop of man-child centric films here, and ultimately this may have more in common with the Italian gangster subgenre than it does with Neighbors or Knocked Up, but it is interesting to see Fellini tackle young, lazy, men circa '53 when we're still focusing on them 60+ years later.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 190/768 (25%)…