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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…
Director: Federico Fellini
Film: I Vitelloni
Director Count: #2 of 5
Challenge Count: #6 of 25
This film is so beautiful!! Another work of art from the cinematic gift known as Federico Fellini.
Each of the five charcaters are flawed and yet so human, so complex and (for me) quite relatable. The existential ennui that they face is one I've face as well. The portrait of fading youth is both nostalgic and frightening.
That ending was pure cinematic magic. I think I might like this more than 8 1/2. But I know that Fellini is a master.
I Vitelloni is Federico Fellini's second film and to save all those from translating the title, It's 'The Bulls'.
The bulls in this story being 5 young men who's stories are all masterfully told. Many times a film like this especially a foreign ensemble film will have people getting lost as to what's happening and who everyone is. This movie, wonderfully make each of the men their own character that you get invested into.
I saw Steel Magnolia earlier this year. This film feels very much like a flip on that, where instead we are seeing a group of men who are close to one another and discussing and living their lives in a small Italian seaside town.
Was Fellini ever a neorealist?
Not quite sure how I feel about this film after my first viewing of this "early Fellini masterpiece". I think I liked it? I'm not entirely sure.
Disclaimer: Throughout 2016 and beyond, I will be going through selected works from a director's filmography on a month by month basis. I will be specifically spotlighting directors who's work I've somehow never had the privilege of sampling until now. The lone requirement is that the director in question must be either retired/semi-retired or deceased. Month #9 will focus on a man who's very name has become synonymous with the art of moviemaking, Federico Fellini. I've decided to take a somewhat different approach with the chronology of his filmography by tackling the films in the order in which they were released in North America instead of the order in which they were released in his native Italy.
I Vitelloni is…
Wanted more of guido
My fifth Fellini. Definitely my least favorite, although it did have sparks of his magic here and there. Maybe on a rewatch when I have proper subtitles I'll like it more.
Lovely. There is no other way of describing one of the early Fellini masterpieces.
Un error mío, tal vez en tiempos, tal vez en criterios, el haber visto esta película después de Amarcord, la cual hizo a Fellini un hueco entre mis cineastas favoritos.
Hablo de error de tiempos, porque estamos ante una película con gran carga biográfica, al igual que posteriormente Amarcord la tendrá, pero llevada con un ritmo mucho peor que el que hace de Amarcord una obra tan intensa, dulce y perfecta, mostrando a un Fellini (como es normal) mucho más torpe a la hora de dirigir y de contar la historia.
Y obviamente, esto me lleva al otro error que enunciaba: el de mi criterio, manchado por un amor irracional a un director experimentado y buscándolo en una de sus…
Not enough cocks.
UPDATED: September 30, 2016
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