I Vitelloni

  • Film
  • Comedy drama
The best of Fellini went into this bleakly funny study of five young men adrift in the wasteland of their provincial home town. Middle class layabouts living by cadging off their families, aimlessly spending their days in pursuit of amusement and girls while nursing vague ambitions never likely to be more than pipe-dreams, they are trapped as much by their own moral bankruptcy as by the futureless society in which they have never quite grown up. Beautifully shot and performed, and governed by an inextricable mixture of affectionate sympathy and acid satire, it clearly (and beneficially) trails the neo-realist roots which Fellini later shook off.

Release details

Rated: 15
Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Federico Fellini
Screenwriter: Ennio Flaiano, Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli
Cast: Leopoldo Trieste
Achille Majeroni
Riccardo Fellini
Leonora Ruffo
Alberto Sordi
Franco Fabrizi
Franco Interlenghi

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What a sanctimonious right-wing review. How Time Out has changed! Don't you identify with the guy in the gutter anymore? It's a great film about ordinary men in their early twenties.