I Vitelloni (1953)

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A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.



  • Riccardo Fellini and Alberto Sordi in I Vitelloni (1953)
  • Franco Interlenghi and Alberto Sordi in I Vitelloni (1953)
  • Franco Fabrizi and Leonora Ruffo in I Vitelloni (1953)
  • I Vitelloni (1953)
  • Lída Baarová and Franco Fabrizi in I Vitelloni (1953)
  • Jean Brochard and Franco Fabrizi in I Vitelloni (1953)

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20 November 2005 | claudio_carvalho
| Italian Melodrama
In a small seaside town in Italy, Moraldo Rubini (Franco Interlenghi), Alberto (Alberto Sordi), Fausto Moretti (Franco Fabrizi), Leopoldo Vannucci (Leopoldo Trieste) and Riccardo (Riccardo Fellini) form a group of idle friends that spend their time together doing nothing but drinking, flirting and going to parties. When Fausto's girlfriend Sandra Rubini (Eleonora Ruffo) gets pregnant, he is pressed by his own father to marry her. However, the irresponsible Fausto remains unfaithful to Sandra, cheating her with many women and almost leading his family to a tragedy.

"I Vitelloni" is an Italian melodrama with the signature of Federico Fellini: excellent production, great music score, outstanding interpretations, wonderful cinematography. The story is dated in the present days, it is not my favorite Fellini's film, but it is still a magnificent movie. I am not sure whether the story of this group of "Peter Pans" is autobiographic or not, but it is a good screenplay related to Italian culture of the 50s. My vote is eight.

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