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I Vitelloni (1953)
"I vitelloni" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  7 November 1956 (USA)
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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:
Franco Interlenghi ...
Moraldo Rubini
...
Alberto
Franco Fabrizi ...
Fausto Moretti
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Leopoldo Vannucci
Riccardo Fellini ...
Riccardo
Leonora Ruffo ...
Sandra Rubini (as Eleonora Ruffo)
Jean Brochard ...
Francesco Moretti
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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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 shot. 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 fearing the worst, and he finally finds her at the home of his father, Francesco, who gives him a deserved thrashing. The couple reconciles and Fausto pledges to reform. Life goes on as usual for his other friends, always planning but never getting around to doing anything constructive, with ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

7 November 1956 (USA)  »

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I Vitelloni  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$97,944 (USA) (26 March 2004)
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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 »

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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

Sergio Natali: He who cares not for art, cares not for life.
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Fellini's early watershed

The genesis of "I Vitelloni" occurred at a critical time for Federico Fellini. His previous film, "The White Sheik" had been met with such disappointment by critics and audiences that his directoral career was in jeopardy. So, with the need for a successful production on his head, Fellini decided to make a simple comedy...!

The simple story of the five "loafers" and "dreamers" could have been maudlin and trite, but in the hands of Fellini, the story unfolds like a beautiful flower as part of an overall powerful, moving experience. Few directors have communicated their personal vision and experience as intensely as did Fellini. While there is dispute as to whether there is a direct correlation of the character of Moraldo to Fellini himself, Fellini puts us comfortably into his shoes and we connect with Moraldo's frustrations, aspirations, and eventually, his exodus.

With "I Vitteloni", Fellini began to hit his stride of 10 years of greatness, culminating in "Otto e Mezzo". The episodic character exploration of the latter years isn't as dominant here, but the allusions to people, places, and things are presented in full force. The story is easier to follow than later films and is a more central part of the film. This coherence is easier to grasp, making it more accessible for the Fellini neophyte.

But, with all of the talk about Fellini, this is still a magnificent movie that stands on its own. See it.


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