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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…
Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness."
I Vitelloni deals with the bittersweet end of that dream, the phase where you don't want to let go but you have to. I can't imagine anyone not being able to relate to the movie regardless of whether you're young or older than the characters. We've all seen these phases in your lives, or at least met someone going through it. This is a highly essential film. I'm not sure where I'd place it in Fellini's filmography but it's definitely among the best. It was a huge inspiration for Scorsese when he made Mean Streets. Nino Rota's score is beyond praise.
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.
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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,…
My first Fellini film... amazing!
Brimming with youthful virility, Fellini's early and deeply personal hometown tale is a redolent soupçon of the irrepressible energy to come.
I can almost sense Scorsese's drool through my screen.
This is another all-over-the-place film conjured by the great heart and mind of soon-to-be my favorite director, Federico Fellini. In this one, we follow a gang of young hoodlums who spend their nights drinking and dancing, fiddling in affairs, making mistakes, joking around, confronting responsibility, wishing with ambition, facing maturity.
These five guys look like the pack of friends you pass by the street on a Saturday night: with no direction to go, and yet always stuck in the same place. They long to be somewhere else, doing grander things and living with greater purpose. But they are stuck in a mired town. They get bogged down by a voice telling…
I Vitelloni is a brilliant tragedy from the mind of Fellini that I sadly never even heard about until recently, and I wish I had sooner. While 8 1/2 and La strada are famous and well renowned works of his, I wish this one got more recognition.
Vitelloni follows the story of 5 hoodlums, bums, bachelors, party boys, however you want to call them if you will as they lounge about a small italian coastal town over the course of a year or so, and how their lives change in the process. They're an eccentric cast, one careening from woman to woman never able to keep his eyes to himself, a man looking for meaning, an artist looking for recognition,…
All's well that ends well (I guess?) but for the most part, this is one depressing friggin' coming of age story. It almost feels like a precursor to HBO's 'Entourage.' Just ... y'know ... good.
Near perfect film with a lot of great laughs. A true masterstroke by Fellini whose universal lesson is just as relevant today as it was 60 years ago. You're never too old for the belt!
Simply magical - I'Vitelloni is a dream like film which showcases the lives of 5 people in a sleepy town. Each character is by themselves extremely complex and they all are broken in a way but very very human.
This film really moved me - it was simply magical.
Any young man is going to relate to these characters in some small way. But hopefully not too big of a way, because these guys are mostly lazy assholes. A cautionary tale of what a man can become if they're unchecked and unchallenged.
"We all talked about leaving, but only one of us, one morning, without a word to a soul, actually left."
Films about the bittersweet limbo between childhood and adulthood hit a special chord for me. This one is no different. It so perfectly captures that specific, poignant, aching mood and atmosphere, and all the existential questions that come with it. It's difficult to put the feeling into words. Thankfully, Fellini put it into a film.
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