Quick-Thoughts: Federico Fellini’s I Vitelloni (1953)

Federico Fellini Marathon Part I of VI

Fellini’s Oedipus complex EXPOSED. 

It’s a bit busier than it needs to be with its unbalanced jump-cut overviewing of the town people’s day to day, but the whole collective arc of a whore-ish manchild being pressured to transition into adulthood at the blink of an eye hit a little too close to home. The people in I Vitelloni are made up of assholes at heart. Yet, you can’t help but relate when connecting the juvenileness of your own past experiences to the egoisms of Fellini’s batch of lost subjects who hold onto the mindless delights of youth as long as they possibly can at the cost of others. We all have to grow the f**k up someday or… we all have to do so while pretending that we aren’t, at the safety of our own self-entitled sanity? 

The lesson here: privilege befuddles maturity until karma serves; now let it start over and happen again, now let it start over and happen again, now let it start over and hap…

Verdict: A-

Federico Fellini Ranked [Coming Soon]

“I Vitelloni” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel and Kanopy.

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