I Vitelloni

Fellini's I VITELLONI coming to Upstate Films
In Rhinebeck
Jan 22
Wednesday 2:00
(Italy/1953/Federico Fellini)
unrated/103 mins
IN PERSON: Joseph Luzzi, Associate Professor of Italian at Bard College, author of the forthcoming memoir My Two Italies,  introduces and leads post-screening discussion
The popularity of Fellini’s second film, a tale of arrested development, made the title, which literally means “fattened calves”, enter the Italian vernacular while helping secure the maestro’s career as a director.
In the seacoast town of Rimini, five young layabouts live in a post-adolescent limbo, dreaming of adventure and escape. They hang out at the pool hall spending lira provided by their indulgent families on drink and women. Originally released in the U.S. as THE YOUNG and THE PASSIONATE, it is a semi-autobiographical masterpiece of sharply drawn character sketches: Skirt-chaser Fausto, forced into marriage; Alberto, the perpetual child; Leopoldo, a writer thirsting for fame; and Moraldo, the only member of the group troubled by a moral conscience. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, I VITELLONI became the template for young male ensemble films such as MEAN STREETS, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, DINER… (Also – this was the start of Fellini’s collaboration with Nina Rota as music composer for his films.)
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