I Vitelloni (1953)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5

Original title:  The Young And The Passionate

Italy/France, 1953.  , .  Story by Federico Fellini, , , Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano. Cinematography by , , .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  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

Venice Film Festival Award: Silver Lion

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