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I vitelloni

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Original title
I vitelloni
Running time
101 min.
Italy Italy
Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano
Nino Rota
Otello Martelli (B&W)
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Peg Film
Drama | Neorealism
Synopsis / Plot
Five adolescent loafers in the Adriatic city of Romini postpone adulthood by idling in their home town. Fellini's elegy to the passage of youth reveals true insights through the characters of the likeable boys, one of whom depends on his sister while another is a careless Lothario.
1953: Venice Film Festival: Silver Lion
1957: Nominated for Oscar: Best Original Screenplay
Critics' reviews
  • "Fellini's most beautiful film (...) One of the top dozen films of all time."
  • "It was this ineffably poignant semiautobiographical reverie that unleashed fully Fellini's shimmering, flowing poetic style."
  • "It shows all of Fellini's unrivaled virtues -- his lyrical sense of place, his abiding affection for even the most hapless of his characters, his effortless knack for limpid, bustling composition -- and very few of his putative vices."
  • "It's my favorite Fellini film, possibly his most personal effort and by far his funniest."
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