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(aka 'Les Inutiles" or "Spivs" or "Vitelloni" or "LesVitelloni" or "The Young and the Passionate")
Italy 1953

Five young men linger in post-adolescent limbo dreaming of adventure and escape from their small seacoast town. They while away their time spending the lira doled out by their indulgent families on drink, women, and nights at the local pool hall. Federico Fellini’s second solo directorial effort (originally released in the U.S. as The Young and the Passionate) is a semi-autobiographical masterpiece of sharply drawn character sketches: Skirt chaser Fausto, forced to marry a girl he has impregnated; Alberto, the perpetual child; Leopoldo, a writer, thirsting for fame; and Moraldo, the only member of the group troubled by a moral conscience. An international success and recipient of an Academy AwardŽ nomination for Best Original Screenplay, I Vitelloni compassionately details a year in the life of small-town layabouts struggling to find meaning in their lives.


Theatrical Release: August 26th, 1953 - Venice Film Festival

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 246 - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:47:32
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.52 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• The Making of I Vitelloni: 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 stills, posters, and memorabilia
• Original theatrical trailer and movie newsreels from the time of the film’s release
• New essay by Grammy Award-winning writer Tom Piazza (Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey)

DVD Release Date: August 24th, 2004

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Chapters: 24





The print used shows some softness in spots but also some good clarity and film grain at times. It appears occasionally uneven. Subtitles are perfect as are contrast levels. I am not as overwhelmed as I have been by other Criterion releases in the recent past, but it is still a worthy purchase. "Making of..." extra etc. are solid. Overall, a good DVD for a lower tier Criterion. Fellini fans will be quite happy I expect. out of     

Gary W. Tooze

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Recommended Books on Federico Fellini (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)


Federico Fellini
by Christopher Wiegand
Fellini on Fellini
by Federico Fellini, Isabel Quigley
The Cinema of Federico Fellini
by Peter Bondanella
The Films of Federico Fellini (Cambridge Film Classics)
by Peter Bondanella, Ray Carney
I'm a Born Liar: A Fellini Lexicon
by Damian Pettigrew
by Lietta Tornabuoni
Fellini: A Life
by Hollis Alpert
I, Fellini
by Charlotte Chandler, Billy Wilder


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