I Vitelloni

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Released 1953

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Director:
Federico Fellini
Released:
1953
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I Vitelloni, a semi-autobiographical film by auteur Federico Fellini, follows the lives of five young men passing the time in a small town on the coast of Italy. Jobless and supported by their families, the men spend their days without much purpose or thought for the future. They flit from caf'' to caf'', flirt with the local women, and pull juvenile practical jokes. But adult responsibilities threaten their lazy existence when Fausto (Franco Fabrizi) is forced to marry Sandra (Leonora Ruffo) after she becomes pregnant. When they return from the honeymoon, Fausto must leave behind his idle days and take a job as a stockroom assistant to support his family. Moraldo (Franco Interlenghi), Sandra's brother, soon learns that Fausto has no intention of abandoning his womanizing ways despite his new marriage. As Moraldo watches his friends squander their lives in pursuit of fleeting pleasures, he must make a decision about his own future.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Full of brilliantly executed coups de théâtre, showing the director's natural flair for spectacle.

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It was this ineffably poignant semiautobiographical reverie that unleashed fully Fellini's shimmering, flowing poetic style, echoed perfectly in a plaintive score by Fellini's pote...

  • 70

    Variety

    Federico Fellini, long a scripter, in his second feature film satirizes the 'wastrels', the do-nothing sons of middle-class Italian provincials whose life ranges from schoolroom to...

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Comedy, Drama

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Foreign Language, Classics