Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
Original title: The Young And The Passionate
Italy/France, 1953. Cité Films, Peg-Films. Story by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano. Cinematography by Carlo Carlini, Otello Martelli, Luciano Trasatti. Produced by Jacques Bar, Mario De Vecchi, Lorenzo Pegoraro. Music by Nino Rota. Production Design by Mario Chiari. Costume Design by Margherita Marinari. Film Editing by Rolando Benedetti. Podcast: My Criterions. Academy Awards 1953.
One of Federico Fellini’s best films is this early drama about a group of friends growing up in a small Italian town. It’s rich with aching character detail but also has Fellini’s brand of fanciful beauty. Retitled The Young and the Passionate for its North American release, the young men of the title grow tired with their meager existence and all start to look towards alternate goals in order to resolve their feelings of restlessness.
The Criterion Collection: #246