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. —The Criterion Collection
Federico Fellini was born in 1920 to a provincial middle-class family in Rimini, a small town on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The lack of available options to young men in provincial towns is an important theme in some of his films, most notably I Vitelloni and Amarcord. In fact, Orson Welles once described Fellini as “a small-town boy who’s never really come to Rome. He’s still dreaming about it. And we should all be grateful for those dreams.” He initially arrived in Rome as a law student but his career as a satirical cartoonist and gag writer was already well established by then. His childhood fascination with the circus and the Grand Guignol also governed his cinephilia in these early years. His favourite films were American comedies by Chaplin, Keaton, Harry Langdon and the Marx Brothers. It was only after he came into contact with the circle of Ettore Scola, Cesare Zavattini, Aldo Fabrizi and Roberto Rossellini, that he would seriously consider the cinema as a medium of expression… read more
Men never learn and never will they, that's why you're never too old for your father's belt. Except for Giudizio who knows nothing and is aware of everything - the shot where he caresses the angel has a divine beauty in itself. Superb film
Together with Amarcord and 8½, I Vitelloni may be Fellini’s most personal film. Starting from the very first scene to the very last, this is a semibiographical account of Fellini especially his childhood… read review
This is the first Fellini film I saw, and I think it’s a great way to start watching Fellini.
It has all the characteristic elements of the Fellini-esque: the little town that may-or-may-not… read review
Brilliant nostalgia piece from Federico Fellini, arguably the best film of his formative, post neo-realist years, about five man-child layabouts in a small country town who sponge off family, dodge… read review