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3,231 Ratings

I vitelloni

Directed by Federico Fellini
Italy, France, 1953
Comedy, Drama, Romance


Five young men, the not-so-young sons of middle class parents, linger in a postadolescent limbo, dreaming of adventure and escape from their small coastal town. Perpetually unemployed, they whittle their lives away by spending the money of their families on drink, women, and nights at the pool hall.

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I vitelloni Directed by Federico Fellini

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1953 | Winner: Silver Lion

Academy Awards

1958 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1956 | 2nd place: Best Foreign Language Film

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1954 | 3 wins including: Best Producer

Critics reviews

I Vitelloni, a true gem among Fellini’s earlier titles, features tragicomically layered, circumstantially overlapping storylines for several of its main characters, all the while telling an ostensibly simple tale of how a motley band of “loser” buddies—the lover, the cheater, the intellectual, the jock, the aspirant—might very easily give in or fall victim to the existentially comforting gravities of their homey, hometown lives. Or not. For within escapism lies also, indeed inescapably, escape.
May 06, 2015
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What’s crafted is an image behind traditional “psychological cinema”; what Andre Bazin has aptly called a “mode of being”. For a film that never should have been I VITELLONI is astonishing in its daring and a must-see for any Fellini fan. As André Bazin has noted, “everything was already contained in I VITELLONI and set out there with magisterial genius.”
January 09, 2015
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