I Vitelloni (1953)



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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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 24, 2004
Janus Films


as Fausto Moretti

as Alberto

as Sandra Rubini

as Moraldo Rubini

as Leopoldo

as Riccardo

as Guilia

as Woman in the Cinema

as Actress

as Father of Fausto

as Sister of Alberto

as Michele

as Sandra's Father

as Sandra's Mother

as Head of a Theatre Tr...

as Leopoldo's "Chinese"...
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Critic Reviews for I Vitelloni

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14)

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.

Full Review… | June 10, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 23, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

It was this ineffably poignant semiautobiographical reverie that unleashed fully Fellini's shimmering, flowing poetic style.

Full Review… | March 25, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

One of the screen's great portrayals of the hell-raising and malaise of young men in their 20s.

Full Review… | February 19, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 12, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

A must-see for Fellini enthusiasts and a worthwhile investment for everyone else.

Full Review… | December 12, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for I Vitelloni

Having refined his directing skills, Fellini delivered this lyrical autobiographical story with a great cinematography and a breathtaking circus-like carnival scene, but its quasi-episodic structure makes it feel a bit unfocused, with unequal screen time devoted to each of the "vitelloni".

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


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.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


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

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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