Best Movies by Farr

I Vitelloni

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What's it About

Set in the tiny seaside town of Rimini, this film observes the day-to-day lives of five mischievous youths — including leader Fausto (Fabrizi), wanna-be writer Leopoldo (Trieste), and Moraldo (Interlenghi) — all of whom are on the cusp of manhood but live aimlessly, preferring the security of group drift to the responsibilities of a grown-up existence. Ultimately, each must decide for himself whether to stay in a stifling but familiar birthplace, or strike out into the larger world.

Why we love it

Fellini's touching and semi-autobiographical first feature (the title translates to "wastrels" or "layabouts") is the quintessential recounting of a now-clichéd tale, so it's no surprise that Coppola borrowed the premise for his "American Graffiti." Drawing on his own beginnings, Fellini creates one of the crowning coming-of-age stories, a meditation on the bonds of loyalty, friendship, and home that features early glimpses of the maestro's fascination with all things carnivalesque, and a memorably bittersweet farewell. This, Fellini’s breakthrough film, is one of the director's more human and accessible works.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"