Italy, 1953, 108 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Federico Fellini, Not Rated, Italian with English subtitles, Janus Films

I Vitelloni

Sunday, May 30 & Monday, May 31

"Ernest Hemingway once remarked that all of American literature came out of Huckleberry Finn. With only slightly greater exaggeration, it could be said that much of American cinema, at least in the last 30 years or so, comes out of I Vitelloni... Without (it) we would probably not have American Graffiti or Mean Streets or Diner." —A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"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 stay forever a child." —Martin Scorsese, My Voyage to Italy

Five young men linger in a 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 semiautobiographical 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 Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, I Vitelloni compassionately details a year in the life of a group of small-town layabouts struggling to find meaning in their lives.

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2020 marked the centennial of one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. Federico Fellini left an indelible mark in the industry starting with The White Sheik in 1952, ushering Alberto Sordi, Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni to international stardom and shaping the medium to be his own inimitable mindscape at Italy’s fabled Cinecittà studios. The celebration of this occasion was delayed but throughout 2021, Gables Cinema will once again bring you his newly restored classics as they were meant to be seen. Sit back and let the imaginative maestro enthrall you all year long.

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