I Vitelloni
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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, would-be playwright Leopoldo (Leopoldo Trieste) continues work on his dreary plays, dreaming… More
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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."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"One of the screen's great portrayals of the hell-raising and malaise of young men in their 20s."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Fellini's half-affectionate, half-acerbic nostalgia"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"This is one of Fellini's best character studies and films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"This semiautobiographical work by Federico Fellini was the first film to bring him a measure of world attention."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"It was this ineffably poignant semiautobiographical reverie that unleashed fully Fellini's shimmering, flowing poetic style."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A must-see for Fellini enthusiasts and a worthwhile investment for everyone else."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Although the plot moves between set pieces, its dramatic structure is centered on the characters, individuals caught between terminal stasis and illegitimate dreams."
‑ Doug Cummings, Filmjourney
"Proof of Fellini's early genius as a storyteller."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
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