I Vitelloni
I Vitelloni (1953)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 17, 1953
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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

Fernando F. Croce

Fellini's half-affectionate, half-acerbic nostalgia

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Carlos Magalh„es
Having refined his directing skills, Fellini delivered this lyrical autobiographical story with a great cinematography and a breathtaking circus-like carnival… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Fellini narrates his sometimes pleasent, sometimes hard youth with his peculiar friends. An overlook jewel that inspired many other, like Barry Levinson's… More
Ken Stachnik
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… More
Lanning : )
The perpetually unemployed? The eternal students? The men who didn't want to grow up? So what is the best translation for this title? The guys who… More
Stella Dallas
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.… More
Eric Broome
A lovely film, though it's definitely a creature of another era. This is early Fellini back in his neo-realist period, and only an isolated carnival… More