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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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Olga
Carlo Romano ...
Michele Curti
Enrico Viarisio ...
Signor Rubini
Paola Borboni ...
Signora Rubini
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"We are the hollow men in this last of meeting places we grope together and avoid speech. Gathered on this beach of the torrid river." - used by permission from THE HOLLOW MEN by T.S. Eliot

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The part for 'Sergio Natali' was originally offered to the great Italian director, 'Vittorio de Sica'. He politely declined as he was concerned that the character's homosexuality might mark the director himself as a homosexual. See more »

Goofs

When Sandra receives the 'Miss Mermaid' sash, it is placed over her left shoulder. Later inside during the storm it is seen to be over her right shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Fausto Moretti: We all talked about leaving, but only one of us, one morning, without a word to a soul, actually left.
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Connections

Referenced in Alex in Wonderland (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Io Cerco la Titina
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Traditional
Heard during the carnival
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Scorsese Knows Best
24 June 2002 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film as a college student in an Italian Cinema class. I was impressed then, and recently saw it again and was touched anew by these characters.

Then I noted that Martin Scorsese, in his documentary about Italian film on Turner Movies Classics ("My Voyage to Italy") names this film as a huge inspiration for his film "Mean Streets" -- and I felt totally exonerated that I had always placed this film up there with La Strada, 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, and Amarcord.

Scorsese sets the record straight about how these characters are successfully fleshed out -- including Moraldo, the Fellini autobiographical character. This is a film of simple beauty, and while it may lack the complex allegorical meanings of La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2, the story more than delivers in its straight forward approach to story telling.

Forget Diner (a decent movie), Slackers, Clerks, and any other "slacker/loafer" movie; I Vitelloni transcends the genre -- and it is a true classic.

Rent this film - it will not let you down.


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