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I Vitelloni
     

I Vitelloni

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Director: Federico Fellini,

Cast: Alberto Sordi, Franco Interlenghi, Franco Fabrizi

 

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Racked with the boredom that defines their small-town life, five young men resort to a number of unconventional means to keep themselves occupied in director Federico Fellini's second feature film -- arriving on DVD courtesy of The Criterion Collection. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and featuring audio rendered in Italian Dolby Digital Mono, this release also offers

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Racked with the boredom that defines their small-town life, five young men resort to a number of unconventional means to keep themselves occupied in director Federico Fellini's second feature film -- arriving on DVD courtesy of The Criterion Collection. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and featuring audio rendered in Italian Dolby Digital Mono, this release also offers optional English subtitles and a variety of extra features that are sure to appeal to Fellini fans. The exclusive documentary "Vitellonismo" offers a wealth of revealing interviews with such Fellini contemporaries as the late Leopoldo Trieste and Vincenzo Mollica among many others, and viewers can also access photo galleries, an original theatrical trailer, and a new essay by My Cold War author Tom Piazza.

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This early masterpiece from Federico Fellini won the Silver Lion at the 1953 Venice Film Festival and inaugurated a decade-long stretch that cemented his status as a cinematic giant. A thinly veiled memoir by this most autobiographical of filmmakers, I Vitelloni follows the meanderings of a group of five friends -- the titular vitelloni, or layabouts -- who linger in an adolescent limbo in their parochial seaside town. Fellini employs an episodic narrative and slow tracking shots to capture beautifully the ebb and flow of his characters' aimless lives. For a movie about arrested development and paralysis, it's irrepressibly giddy. I Vitelloni evinces Fellini's career-long obsession with the carnival and performance. An impromptu street mambo is the kind of delirious throwaway moment that Fellini practically invented, while the movie's set piece, a grand masquerade ball, prefigures the parties in future Fellini films. Considering it was only his third directorial outing, the movie is remarkable for how fully formed it seems. From the cozily recognizable strains of Nino Rota's score to the festive mise-en-scene, I Vitelloni is unmistakably Fellini-esque. Amplifying the movie's familiarity is its far-reaching influence: essentially the template for all young-men-stuck-in-adolescence movies, I Vitelloni has inspired filmmakers as disparate as Martin Scorsese and Giuseppe Tornatore. Generous and ultimately heart-breaking, I Vitelloni may well be the most big-hearted of the Italian master's movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
UPC:
0037429195826
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
38,813

Special Features

New high-definition transfer, with restored image and sound ; "Vitellonismo": An exclusive documentary featuring interviews with late actor Leopoldo Trieste, actor Franco Interlenghi, assistant director Moraldo Rossi, Fellini biographer Tullio Kezich, Fellini friend Vincenzo Mollica, and director of the Fellini Foundation, Vittorio Boarini; Collection of still photographs, posters, and memorabilia; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition; Plus, a new essay by writer Tom Piazza (My Cold War: A Novel, Blues and Trouble: Twelve Stories)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alberto Sordi Alberto
Franco Interlenghi Moraldo
Franco Fabrizi Fausto
Leopoldo Trieste Leopoldo
Leonora Ruffo Sandra
Riccardo Fellini Riccardo
Lida Baarova Guilia
Arlette Sauvage Woman in the Cinema
Maja Nipora Actress
Jean Brochard Fausto's Father
Claude Farere Alberto's Sister
Carlo Romano Michele
Silvio Bagolini Handicapped
Paola Borboni Sandra's Mother
Achille Majerone Head of a Theatre Troup
Guido Martufi Actor
Vira Silenti Chinese Girl
Enrico Viarisio Sandra's Father

Technical Credits
Federico Fellini Director,Screenwriter
Rolando Benedetti Editor
Carlo Carlini Cinematographer
Mario Chiari Art Director
Ennio Flaiano Screenwriter
Otello Martelli Cinematographer
Tullio Pinelli Screenwriter
Nino Rota Score Composer
Luciano Trasatti Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Logos/Opening Credits [1:24]
2. Beauty Pageant [6:14]
3. A Job in Milan [5:12]
4. Fausto and Sandra [3:37]
5. A Late Night [8:10]
6. A Surprise on the Beach [3:28]
7. Fausto Returns [4:15]
8. An Honest Day's Work [2:39]
9. The Movies [6:43]
10. Carnivale [9:42]
11. The Morning After [5:57]
12. Signora Michele [3:40]
13. "Have a Drink With Us" [3:36]
14. Master Salesmen [7:22]
15. Around the Dinner Table [1:25]
16. Moraldo and Sandra [1:11]
17. Little Moraldo [1:54]
18. A Great Artist [1:53]
19. "This Town Is Blind to Art" [8:26]
20. Lipstick on Your Face"|00:03:04|}
21. The Search Is On [3:29]
22. "Allow Me to Shake Your Hand" [8:01]
23. Moraldo's Story [3:38]
24. Color Bars [2:25]

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