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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.
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…
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…
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.
Film #1 of the "Scavenger Hunt 3" Challenge!
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…
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…
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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,…
Los inútiles de Federico Fellini.
Una obra pequeña de lo que sería el genial director, poco se ve de lo que posteriormente veremos, buscando aquí más el realismo que el surrealismo que vendría después. Aún así, gratamente disfrutable aunque sea a costa del retrato que nos ofrece de unos jóvenes que no hacen nada por salir de su vagueza y al que solo les interesa la juerga y las mujeres, mientras que a su alrededor las familias intentar salir adelante. Drama social sin artificios de una época de la posguerra en Italia que todavía andaba con dificultades.
It's beautiful how the night is one of the key character of Fellini's filmography. This one was hard to watch, but has one of the most poetical
An early Fellini but one which already had many of his hallmarks – maturation and the acceptance of responsibility by males, walks at night on barren streets, infidelity, creative frustration, and, to a lesser degree, dreamlike festivities populated by beautiful grotesquerie and fantastical characters.
The camera is a little static and Fellini's mastery of foreground/background composition isn’t quite what it would become later in his career. You can really see the influence on other coming-of-age films like American Graffiti, Diner, and Dazed and Confused.
Fellini is a god
I have never liked
Fellini. This one comes close,
But I wish for more.
Τα "μοσχαράκια", που λέει κι ο Ραφαηλίδης.
Makes a lot of sense that Scorsese cites this as a significant influence for Mean Streets.
Moraldo, Alberto, Fausto, Leopoldo, and Riccardo simply like to hang out in their hometown of comfort. They kill time at the beach and in the pool halls, pulling pranks and cracking jokes. They're the original film slackers. It's a monotonous life they live, and on the surface, a life they're each content with. But their weaknesses, along with their dreams of something bigger are all exposed.
Alberto wants to be a singer but wouldn't dare carry out the steps it takes. Leopoldo writes an auspicious script, but his fear of the unknown causes him to retreat to his friends. Riccardo, who lives with his…
This early Fellini film about a group of slackers in small town Italy seems to presage the reminisces of Amarcord.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)