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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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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Trieste and co-star Sordi died a month apart in 2003, fifty years after release of film. 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: [reunited with Sandra, after his father has whipped him for his infidelities] You scared me so, Sandra. Never do that again, you hear?
Sandra Rubini: And if you make me mad again, I'll beat you like your father. But even harder. I'll beat you senseless.
Fausto Moretti: [starts to laugh] That's how I like you. Here, let me hold the baby
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Connections

Referenced in C'era un cinese in coma (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Io Cerco la Titina
(uncredited)
Traditional
Heard during the carnival
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year 1953 : First international success by Italian auteur of dreams.
22 January 2008 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

I Vitelloni, directed by Fellini in 1953 was his first international success.Although it is largely autobiographical in nature there is no obvious mention of Rimini,an Italian coastal town where Fellini was born.There are things to be learned from this film such as erratic behavior of a generation which grew up after second world war.This was the one of the rare post war films which spoke of conflicts within family.It is true that Italian master has drawn an honest portrait of aimless youngsters who were not fit for anything but what might be intriguing to an average viewer is to ascertain as to why Fellini decided not to throw some light about why his protagonists were like that ? This is the reason why Fellini has left all important reasoning task for viewers to decide about strengths and weaknesses of his protagonists.I Vitelloni is a film in which there is no escape for anyone neither for its young heroes nor for their family members who like them are also trapped in their own dreary existence.


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