I Vitelloni

Italian NeoRealism | Italian with English subtitles | 103 minutes


A heavy downpour interrupts a beachside beauty pageant in a provincial town on the Italian Adriatic coast. When Sandra Rubini, “Miss Siren 1953,” faints, there are rumors  she is pregnant by local playboy Fausto Moretti. Fausto is forced by his father Francesco to marry Sandra. Meanwhile, Fausto’s young friends, unemployed and dependent on their parents, spend their time on juvenile shenanigans and mischief. Moraldo, Sandra’s brother, is troubled by the behavior of his friends, as he dreams of relocating to the big city. Back from his honeymoon with Sandra, Fausto continues to pursue other women. Fausto is smitten by the sophisticated beauty of Giulia Curti, his employer’s wife. Fausto’s naive attempt to seduce Curti is rejected and Fausto is fired. When Sandra learns of Fausto’s infidelities, she runs off with the baby. Fausto and his friends find Sandra inFausto’s home. Francesco pulls off his belt and whips his son, hoping  he will abandon his wayward life and settle down. There is also hope that Fausto’s friends will  shape up and make something of their lives. 

Franco Fabrizi (Fausto) / Leonora Ruffo (Sandra) / Jean Brochard (Francesco) / Franco Interlenghi (Moraldo)
Why Stream This Film?

 I Vitelloni is a vivid portrayal of shiftless twenty-year olds trying to grow up. It’s an optimistic film when two in the group do manage to shape up and move on. It’s also a Fellini film that has greatly influenced the making of Scorsese’s Mean Streets, George Lucas’s American Graffiti and Joel Schumacher’s St. Elmo’s Fire.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Metacritic Score: 87%
  • 75th Venice Film Festival, Winner, Golden Lion
  • Ten Academy Award Nominations. Winner: Best Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Cinematographer (Alfonso Cuarón)
  • Festivals: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York
  • Best Film of 2018: Time Magazine and The New York Film Critics Circle
It was this ineffably poignant semi-autobiographical reverie that unleashes fully Fellini’s shimmering,  flowing poetic style.
Kevin Thomas

Los Angeles Times

One of the screen’s great portrayals of the hell-raising and malaise of young men in their 20s.
Michael Wilmington

Chicago Tribune

A must-see for Fellini enthusiasts and a worthwhile investment for everyone else.
Mick LaSalle

San Francisco Chronicle

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