I Vitelloni [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1953]

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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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)


I Vitelloni
Italian maestro Federico Fellini's first international success is a nakedly autobiographical film that bears many of the formal and thematic concerns that recur throughout his work. Set in the director's hometown of Rimini, I Vitelloni follows the lives of five young vitelloni, or layabouts, who while away their listless days in their small seaside village. Fausto (Franco Fabrizi), the leader of the pack, marries his sweetheart, but finds himself constantly distracted by other women. Meanwhile, would-be playwright Leopoldo (Leopoldo Trieste) continues work on his dreary plays, dreaming of staging them one day. Clownish Alberto (Alberto Sordi) still lives at home with his mother and sister, Olga (Claude Farell), while boasting of preserving the family honor by watching over her. While the movie seems to pay little attention to Riccardo (Riccardo Fellini) and Moraldo (Franco Interlenghi), the latter eventually emerges as its key character, plainly serving as Fellini's alter ego. Stuck in adolescence, the five friends stumble into various misadventures, as they seek to spice up their uneventful provincial lives. Ultimately, one of them breaks free from their self-imposed paralysis and moves on, leading to one of the most poignant farewell sequences in film history. A hit in Italy upon its release, I Vitelloni secured Fellini's reputation as an up-and-coming talent, while also introducing its title into Italian vernacular. ~ Elbert Ventura, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Alberto Sordi
    Alberto Sordi - Alberto
  • Franco Interlenghi
    Franco Interlenghi - Moraldo
  • Franco Fabrizi
    Franco Fabrizi - Fausto
  • Leopoldo Trieste
    Leopoldo Trieste - Leopoldo
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    Leonora Ruffo - Sandra
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