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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…
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.
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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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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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,…
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…
My kind of flick, just guys hanging out and talking. I really enjoyed the characters and all the different personalities. The film looked really good, especially when they are spending time out on those cobble stone streets at night. I wish we would have spent a bit more time inside the protagonists head, but that is a small gripe. Did anyone else get a Goodfellas vibe from this movie. Feels like a weird movie to think about because these guys aren't criminals for the most part, but I felt it on more than one occasion. I wish there was more of a bite to the last hour or so but besides that I liked this one a lot. Fellini is a director I become more and more interested in all the time. This is my fourth film of his.
[family, age, brotherhood, idleness, dreams vs. reality, romance, love]
A sprawling, character-driven narrative that hums with idiosyncratic characterization and evocative performances. Framing and cinematography lacks the nuanced density of Fellini's later work, and a couple of scenes feel overtly romanticized and melodramatic, but I Vitelloni possesses a captivating, youthful energy and sharp sense of humor that I'd previously only associated with Martin Scorsese's body of work.
- Carnival sequences, Alberto's interaction with the clown sculpture
- the vitelloni wandering the beach
- Fausto (Franco Fabrizi) and Alberto dancing in the street
There's a clear lineage between Fellini's film and Scorsese's Mean Streets and Goodfellas and even Barry Levinson's Diner. My main beef with Fellini's episodic tendencies is that it renders his work uneven, where some of the vignettes are impressive while others are significantly less interesting, due to his desire to not have fully fleshed out characters occupy them. Also, I'm not as enamored by Fellini's playfulness as others are simply because I feel he's not playful enough and rather dry. That aside, there's enough to recommend here due to Fellini's Capra-esque approach of capturing the selfishness and futility of chasing one's own ambition at the cost of leaving the hometown that holds everyone back. Also, I'm starting to think Fellini is the master of the final shot, even if his films never quite earned them.
Beautiful, poignant film.
Beautiful in its melancholy but hindered by the many imitators of its story to the point I am sick of these stories of post-adolescent struggles of mostly despicable males. It is quite easy to see how this was a major influence on Scorsese, particularly Mean Streets and this film also informs Scorsese's own psyche.
It is tough to say how critical Fellini is being since this is supposedly somewhat autobiographical. Fellini does recycle several scenes and story elements for his late masterpiece Amarcord that I think combines comedy and tragedy with its array of characters more poignantly than I VItelloni.
Recommended for fans of The Mend, Frank Capra, and, er, Entourage. Well at least the first 50 minutes are. Really everything leading up to that jaw-dropping party sequence is miraculous and joyful, but then the film switches from lovable community portrait to unrelenting character study of the world's biggest douche, and Fellini kinda whiffs the bridge between the two halves*. I can't really hold the boldness of his gambit against him— the conceit of a group of friends completely unaware that their leader is a ginormous asshole is a provocative one, but the effect is jarring. If Fellini has parceled the Fausto material evenly throughout the film, as opposed to depositing it in large, indigestible chunks, then I think…
Definitely low end Fellini as far as I'm concerned. It has it's moments, but I just never found any character relatable or engaging. It just sort of blends in with a lot of other italian films from the time.
I have to admit that I doubted this film to be very good but it was much better than I thought after all.
The plot isn't that great, it's very basic, and how this film turned out to be still so great is beyond me. Bigger than life, so to speak.
It was interesting and funny to watch these lazy friends and how they're struggling in life. Even Fausto was not very nice person, he was portrayed humane after all.
A very tragic film that has humorous tones in it a lot.
For once I saw a film that, when it ended, I wanted to see another film from the director. I was so excited of it.
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