DIRECTOR Federico Fellini
SCREENPLAY Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli
PHOTOGRAPHY Otello Martelli and Carlo Carlini
MUSIC Nino Rota
CAST Franco Interlenghi, Franco Fabrizi, Leopoldo Trieste, Leonora Fuffo, Riccardo Fellini



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Although an early Fellini film, many regard this as his finest work. Toughest of all critics, John Simon, in his book, Private Screenings states, "I VITELLONI is a masterpiece, one of the ten or twelve great films ever made." Martin Scorsese in his documentary Il Mio Viaggio in Italia is a great admirer of this early work and says, "I VITELLONI was a major inspiration for my picture Mean Streets back in 1973 and continues to be so to this day. For me, it captures the bittersweet emotions of a moment that eventually comes for everyone, the moment you realize you can either grow up or forever be a child." The famous Italian actor, Alberto Sordi, portrays one of five middle-class young men in the small town of Rimini, who are discontent and restless. Fausto, the leader, is forced to marry a girl he has impregnated. Alberto (Sordi) is the perpetual child, Leopoldo is a writer, who seeks fame, but failing that, seeks solace in an affair. Moraldo (Fellini's alter ego) is the only one with courage enough to leave the town and move on with his life. Winner GOLDEN PALM - 1961 Cannes Film Festival.