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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 of staging them one day. Clownish Alberto (Alberto Sordi) still lives at home with his mother and sister, Olga (Claude Farell), while boasting of preserving the family honor by watching over her. While the movie seems to pay little attention to Riccardo (Riccardo Fellini) and Moraldo (Franco Interlenghi), the latter eventually emerges as its key character, plainly serving as Fellini's alter ego. Stuck in adolescence, the five friends stumble into various misadventures, as they seek to spice up their uneventful provincial lives. Ultimately, one of them breaks free from their self-imposed paralysis and moves on, leading to one of the most poignant farewell sequences in film history. A hit in Italy upon its release, I Vitelloni secured Fellini's reputation as an up-and-coming talent, while also introducing its title into Italian vernacular. ~ Elbert Ventura, Rovi

  • Release date:August 26, 1953

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Federico Fellini Silver Lion 1953 Winner

Cast

Alberto Sordi
as Alberto
Franco Interlenghi
as Moraldo
Franco Fabrizi
as Fausto
Leopoldo Trieste
as Leopoldo
Leonora Ruffo
as Sandra
Riccardo Fellini
as Riccardo
Arlette Sauvage
as Woman in the Cinema
Maja Nipora
as Actress
Jean Brochard
as Fausto's Father
Claude Farere
as Alberto's Sister
Carlo Romano
as Michele
Silvio Bagolini
as Handicapped
Paola Borboni
as Sandra's Mother
Guido Martufi
Vira Silenti
as Chinese Girl
Enrico Viarisio
as Sandra's Father
Paola Borboni
as Sandra's Mother
Vira Silenti
as Chinese Girl
Silvio Bagolini
as Handicapped

Crew

Federico Fellini
Director
Tullio Pinelli
Screenwriter
Federico Fellini
Screenwriter
Ennio Flaiano
Screenwriter
Otello Martelli
Cinematographer
Carlo Carlini
Cinematographer
Luciano Trasatti
Cinematographer
Nino Rota
Composer (Music Score)
Rolando Benedetti
Editor
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