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A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Franco Interlenghi ... Moraldo Rubini

Alberto Sordi ... 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)
Achille Majeroni ... Sergio Natali
Guido Martufi ... Guido
Silvio Bagolini ... Giudizio
Milvia Chianelli ... L'amica di Riccardo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enzo Andronico ... Un ragazzo al carnevale (uncredited)
Alberto Anselmi ... (uncredited)
Riccardo Cucciolla ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Gustavo De Nardo ... (uncredited)
Graziella De Roc ... (uncredited)
Giovanna Galli ... Ballerina (uncredited)
Franca Gandolfi ... Ballerina (uncredited)
Lilia Landi ... Herself (uncredited)
Gigetta Morano ... La madre di Alberto e Olga (uncredited)
Lino Toffolo ... Un ragazzo al carnevale (uncredited)
Gondrano Trucchi ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Federico Fellini 
Writing credits
Federico Fellini (story) &
Ennio Flaiano (story) (as Ennio Flajano) &
Tullio Pinelli (story)

Federico Fellini (screenplay) &
Ennio Flaiano (screenplay)

Produced by
Jacques Bar .... producer (uncredited)
Mario De Vecchi .... producer (uncredited)
Lorenzo Pegoraro .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
Cinematography by
Carlo Carlini 
Otello Martelli 
Luciano Trasatti 
Film Editing by
Rolando Benedetti 
Production Design by
Mario Chiari 
Set Decoration by
Luigi Giacosi 
Costume Design by
Margherita Marinari 
Makeup Department
Michele Bomarzi .... makeup artist (as Bomarzi)
Production Management
Danilo Fallani .... assistant production manager
Luigi Giacosi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Moraldo Rossi .... assistant director
Max de Vaucorbeil .... assistant director (as Max De Vaucorbeil)
Stefano Ubezio .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Italo Tomassi .... set designer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ampelio Ciolfi .... still photographer
Roberto Gerardi .... camera operator (as Roberto Girardi)
Franco Villa .... camera operator
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... conductor
Other crew
Ugo Benvenuti .... production secretary
Ettore Catalucci .... laboratory technician
Narciso Vicario .... script supervisor (as Vicario Narciso)
Jole Fierro .... voice dubbing: Maja Nipora (uncredited)
Gabriella Genta .... voice dubbing: Claude Farell (uncredited)
Adolfo Geri .... voice dubbing: Leopoldo Trieste (uncredited)
Flaminia Jandolo .... voice dubbing: Vira Silenti (uncredited)
Nino Manfredi .... voice dubbing: Franco Fabrizi (uncredited)
Rina Morelli .... voice dubbing: Eleonora Ruffo (uncredited)
Enrico Osterman .... voice dubbing: Jean Brochard (uncredited)
Giusi Raspani Dandolo .... voice dubbing: Paola Borboni (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"I vitelloni" - Italy (original title)
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Argentina:101 min | Germany:100 min | USA:104 min | Italy:107 min
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Trieste and co-star Sordi died a month apart in 2003, fifty years after release of film.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Fausto Moretti:We all talked about leaving, but only one of us, one morning, without a word to a soul, actually left.See more »
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Fellini becoming Fellini..., 29 March 2005
Author: Vlad Rotariu ( from Sibiu, Romania

Fellini's Vitelloni is considered(sadly)to often as one of the films not belonging to the better half of his creations. O.k. it may lack the flawless level of technical and artistic accomplishment of later works,however in my opinion it is a small and unrighteously overlooked,forgotten,under-appreciated masterpiece. A short and essential form of exercise and training for his largely acclaimed successes,in spite of the minor subject and some minor flaws capturing most of the "fellinesque" essence,probably willingly restraining and understating it. There is less baroque,deeply symbolical(in a :philosophical,pantheistic,hermetic sense of the word),lush and disturbing imagery,however in La Strada,Notte Di Cabiria or Il Bidone Fellini proved that he can turn even day-to-day subjects into great films,without idealizing nor vulgarizing reality,without using expensive costumes,sets or special effects,natural yet never boring. The same goes about this film:it's the story of five young men living in a small town(most likely Fellini's birthplace Rimini) in post-second-world-war Italy. There is even a storyteller and what struck me from the first scene was the resemblance with Scorsese using the same story-telling technique in Goodfellas or Casino,in order to make the story more actual,credible and more accessible to the viewer,to better get in the mood(no wonder that Scorsese adored this film and probably even used it as a source of inspiration).In a warm,typically Italian,partly poetic,partly ironic tone the five are introduced in such a way that the viewer gradually gets the feeling of having known these characters since childhood. Both for their own fault but(probably even more)for the lack of real social,cultural and economical perspectives the grim and old-fashioned town is providing,all of them have,in spite of their distinctive personalities,a lot in common:they are all well out of their teens,biologically adults yet socially quite immature,they all lack a permanent,full-time jobs,yet don't see themselves as unemployed,rather bohemians or careless playboys,they all are somewhat noisy,conceited yet harmless whereabouts,all trying to escape the town's utter boredom engaging in "a bit of everything"(amateur art,petty crime,small business,casual love-affairs,gambling,partying or the so Mediterranean&aristocratic preoccupation of "Dolce far Niente"). They aren't bad boys,nor hoodlums(both as some would know from Scorsese's films)however they major mistake,the one that influences all of them in a negative way(however without leading to their downfall or some serious moral crisis)is their incapacity to rid themselves of their idleness and to act-but that's what makes them enjoyable too... Fellini is obviously self-centered,individualistic,coming to terms with his own strong and uneven ego,so this film is,as some might expect,autobiographical,all the five men being more or less an alter-ego or at least inspired by persons closely connected to him,his childhood&youth,Rimini-every time Fellini fictionalizes his own self,he creates a masterpiece,a Dorian Grey-sort of self-indulgent myth that gets it's value from being this way.While other filmmakers,even accomplished ones would just be hilarious repeating the same sort of characters under different names and plots,Fellini keeps us wanting more and more of his personality,every piece of this intricate puzzle-whether it's this film,La Dolce Vita,81/2,Amacord or several others-providing the intellectual excitement of having discovered more,of having taken a fabulous mental journey,without having revealed(or not even wanting to completely reveal)all of Fellini.. There are humorous moments too and,from a comical viewpoint,Sordi's performance is the best-especially in the extravagant,delirious carnival scene when he dances dressed as a woman to the timeless melody "Titine"(which made film history due to Chaplin's unique performance in Modern Times,Sordi's gestures to the same tune also revealing his immense comical talent,maybe it's Fellini's tribute to another master of cinema,note that while Chaplin sings gibberish,but he suggests a possible storyline with his mimic,the same tune is here strictly instrumental,accompanied by Sordi's mainly visual,almost silent comic style of humor),and,after wards experiences a burlesque hangover including a trumpet,an over-sized head and a seemingly endless monologue.Or,again Sordi in the scene when he's mocking men working at a road for no particular/infantile reasons.Another interesting,yet somewhat tragicomic scenes shows a strict,patriarchal father beating up his son,though his son is an adult,married and with children-showing how traditional family life was regarded in the past,not only in Catholic Italy,at an extent that might seem surrealistic today. Besides its very humorous moments and some highly beautiful(yet without the tangled symbolism usually associated with Fellini,just clean,simple,yet high quality visuals)the message of the film is a rather serious,even depressing one-in spite of their hedonism and immaturity,the Vitelloni exhale a bottled up,almost James Dean-like rebellion against the hypocritical,superficial,narrow-minded society of the fifties,however they lack the courage/will to express it or aren't even aware of it. In his later films Fellini will analyze his complex relationship both with society and himself over and over again-however this film is definitely not a failure in his effort to understand this relationship,just an anticipation of probably even more rewarding cinematic art-works.

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