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I Vitelloni (1953)

I vitelloni (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 November 1956 (USA)
A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Leopoldo Trieste ...
Riccardo Fellini ...
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Sandra Rubini (as Eleonora Ruffo)
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Claude Farell ...
Olga
Carlo Romano ...
Michele Curti
Enrico Viarisio ...
Signor Rubini
Paola Borboni ...
Signora Rubini
Lída Baarová ...
Giulia Curti (as Lida Baarowa)
Arlette Sauvage ...
La sconosciuta del cinema
Vira Silenti ...
Gisella
Maja Niles ...
Caterina (as Maja Nipora)
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Storyline

Fausto Moretti, having seduced Sandra Rubini, the sister of his friend and companion Moraldo Rubini, is forced to marry her. After their honeymoon, he takes a job as a salesman of religious objects in a small shop. He isn't changed by his marriage and still looks for women, with his friends, when and where they can find them. He even tries to seduce the wife of his boss and is fired. After each episode, Sandra forgives him. He and his friends of similar temperament are content to be idle, chase girls and leave the work and job-hunting to others. After spending the night away from home with a girl, Sandra cannot forgive anymore and runs off with their child. Fausto and his friends search all over for them, fearing the worst. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

7 November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Vitelloni  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,790 (USA) (14 November 2003)

Gross:

$97,944 (USA) (26 March 2004)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

When Sandra is called up to receive the 'Miss Mermaid' sash, she is on the left of the screen, to the right of the compere. As the actress comes up to present the sash, Sandra is seen standing on the compere's left. But when the actress presents the sash, Sandra is back on the left, to the right of the compere. See more »

Quotes

Sergio Natali: He who cares not for art, cares not for life.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Io Cerco la Titina
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Traditional
Heard during the carnival
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Life as a Carnival
12 September 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Federico Fellini's story of "I Vitelloni" is about five friends trapped in their small Italian town; they go out drinking and pick up women, while avoiding work and responsibility. The five are Franco Fabrizi (as Fausto), Riccardo Fellini (as Riccardo), Franco Interlenghi (as Moraldo), Alberto Sordi (as Alberto), and Leopoldo Trieste (as Leopoldo).

This film certainly does not represent Fellini's best work; it's very difficult to become interested in the lives of the five wastrels - their stories are, indeed, dull! However, if you watch long enough, you can become involved, and interested in their lives. The main story (explicit, not implicit) is the relationship of "Fausto" and "Sandra" (played by Eleonora Ruffo) - he gets her pregnant; but, he doesn't really want to settle down and accept responsibility; you get his resolution in the end. The more subtle story is: will one of these guys get out of this life they are trapped in? You get an answer in the end.

The music (by Nino Rota) is great; if you're reading subtitles, the music helps you feel emotions - a fine trait in Fellini's films. There are some beautifully directed and photographed sequences, but "I Vitelloni" is not extraordinary Fellini. The ending, if you hang in, is exhilarating.

******* I Vitelloni (8/26/53) Federico Fellini ~ Franco Interlenghi, Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Leopoldo Trieste


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