I Vitelloni (1953)
This film is Federico Fellini's memorable, semi-autobiographical tale of a group of young men in small-town Italy, who do their best not to grow up. Alternately funny and sad, this stylish, episodic film ruthlessly dissects various characters who think they're cool but all end up being humiliated.
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Critic Reviews for I Vitelloni
Offers us the rare chance to witness a filmmaker becoming a master filmmaker, as well as the birth of an important relationship with composer Nino Rota.
What stays fresh (and enhanced by the beautifully restored black- and-white print) is how so many of Fellini's gifts and obsessions are already apparent in this early work.
It was this ineffably poignant semiautobiographical reverie that unleashed fully Fellini's shimmering, flowing poetic style.
One of the screen's great portrayals of the hell-raising and malaise of young men in their 20s.
If you have warm memories of American Graffiti, Diner, Mean Streets or even TV's Seinfeld, you owe it to yourself to see the masterpiece that inspired them all.
A must-see for Fellini enthusiasts and a worthwhile investment for everyone else.
The idle class is somberly portrayed in Federico's authentic, frequently depressing I Vitelloni, a downbeat tale set in small-town Italy soon after the war.
One of Fellini's greatest films (and first international hit) is a poignant, bitter-sweet satire about a clique of male friends who refuse or can't grow up into adulthood. The movie had influence on Scorsese, Levinson Lucas and other American directors.
This semiautobiographical work by Federico Fellini was the first film to bring him a measure of world attention.
Although the plot moves between set pieces, its dramatic structure is centered on the characters, individuals caught between terminal stasis and illegitimate dreams.
This dilemma between the desire not to mature and the infallibility of age is best summated in Nino Rota's score. It highlights the film's beautiful final shots and lends the final exit an air of playful hope.
It's as wistful and sad as it is funny and charming, with the first of Nino Rota's great scores to keep it burbling along.
Audience Reviews for I Vitelloni
Scorsese is obviously a fan of this Italian Neo-Realism classic. It's not my favorite, but it's definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of the genre.More
my new favorite fellini. i'm not a huge fan of his later works but mean streets is all over this. hell, the very first scene was lifted for goodfellas. tho mainly a masterpiece of neorealism, fellini's later style is evident in the carnival scene among other whimsical touches and his signature dreamlike atmosphere is pervasive, albeit in the form of memory. that he can make us care so much about this group of pathetic slackers is amazing to me. i had to watch it again right away. so even if ur not a fan, u might want to give it a chance. hilarious and heartbreakingMore
Fellini narrates his sometimes pleasent, sometimes hard youth with his peculiar friends. An overlook jewel that inspired many other, like Barry Levinson's Diner or George Lucas' American Graffiti.More
The perpetually unemployed? The eternal students? The men who didn't want to grow up? So what is the best translation for this title? The guys who wanted to drink, smoke, and shoot pool forever? This is still what I would call early Fellini. Ostensibly autobiographical, this is defintiely a slice-of-life movie shot in a realistic style. With Moraldo posed as Fellini, however, we are given a kind of dark fairytale of men moving quickly into middle-age who have lived the "dream" of never having to grow up, to accept responsibility, or to make something of their lives. And Peter Pan it is not; in a way it is almost tragic. If we waste too much of our lives, we obviously have less time to "make our mark." Moraldo-Fellini finally chooses to step off the merry-go-round and strike out to make his mark. A bittersweet meditation on the reasons why youth sometimes truly may be wasted on the young.More
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