I Vitelloni

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In Brief: Long before Judd Apatow turned the 30-something-man-boy into a cottage industry (in fact, long before Apatow was even born), Federico Fellini made I Vitelloni (1953), which remains probably the best such look at emotionally stunted males. It's a film that has been all but overlooked because of the fame of Fellini's La Strada the next year. Personally, I'll take I Vitelloni with its somewhat meandering story about five young Italian men (the Vitelloni, or "overgrown veals," of the title). They're in their 30s and drifting aimlessly in their provincial town. It can't even be said that they have big dreams that exceed their abilities. Mostly, they're content to stay where they are and talk about their "plans." Their lives are like a rough sketch for the aimless hedonists of La Dolce Vita (1960) — except these guys aren't even very good at hedonism and lack any trace of style. The only exception is Moraldo (Franco Interlenghi), who might almost age into the Marcello Mastroianni of La Dolce Vita. There's not much of a story, but the film is rich in detail and character. Plus, the carnival ball is a magnificent set-piece.
Genre: Drama
Director: Federico Fellini
Starring: Franco Interlenghi, Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Leopoldo Trieste, Riccardo Fellini, Leonora Ruffo
Rated: NR

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present I Vitelloni Friday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library).  Info: 828-273-3332, www.ashevillecourtyard.com

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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