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I Vitelloni (1953)



Average Rating: 8.9/10
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Italian maestro Federico Fellini's first international success is a nakedly autobiographical film that bears many of the formal and thematic concerns that recur throughout his work. Set in the director's hometown of Rimini, I Vitelloni follows the lives of five young vitelloni, or layabouts, who while away their listless days in their small seaside village. Fausto (Franco Fabrizi), the leader of the pack, marries his sweetheart, but finds himself constantly distracted by other women. Meanwhile,

Aug 24, 2004

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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.

June 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comment (1)
Denver Post
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It was this ineffably poignant semiautobiographical reverie that unleashed fully Fellini's shimmering, flowing poetic style.

March 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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One of the screen's great portrayals of the hell-raising and malaise of young men in their 20s.

February 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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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.

February 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A must-see for Fellini enthusiasts and a worthwhile investment for everyone else.

December 12, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Fellini's half-affectionate, half-acerbic nostalgia

November 13, 2011 Full Review Source: CinePassion

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.

March 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

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.

June 26, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

This is one of Fellini's best character studies and films.

May 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This semiautobiographical work by Federico Fellini was the first film to bring him a measure of world attention.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Although the plot moves between set pieces, its dramatic structure is centered on the characters, individuals caught between terminal stasis and illegitimate dreams.

December 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmjourney

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.

September 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Proof of Fellini's early genius as a storyteller.

August 3, 2004 Full Review Source:

stands alongside Amarcord as an earlier reminiscence of Fellini's life in Rimini

December 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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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.
April 29, 2009

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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 heartbreaking
April 21, 2009
Stella Dallas

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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.
June 25, 2007

Super Reviewer

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.
March 10, 2007

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Foreign Titles

  • Die Müßiggänger (DE)
  • The Young and the Passionate (I Vitelloni) (CA)
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