Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cinema Cycle - I Vitelloni

(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


DATE: 11/25/2014

FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 Hour 45 minutes


TOTAL VIEWING TIME LOGGED: 59 hours 00 minutes


SYNOPSIS: Five young Italian men in a sleepy little seaside town deal with family and relationships while they try and figure out what to do with their lives.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The difference between being a slacker and making something out of your life.  Boys will waste their lives hanging out in ‘packs’ until someone finally decides to go it alone and find their own way.

PROS AND CONS: Despite the English title to the film (The Young and the Passionate), the Italian title actually translates to “The Bulls”, which would be a more accurate description.

A couple of precursors here.  I am a huge Fellini fan, so I am biased about almost all of his work.  Second, I have seen this film before, but since it came up on my random media library generator I was more than happy to view it again.  

This is an early Fellini work, before he really hit his surreal stride.  It has a lot of the classic Fellini themes, direction-less characters looking for something, the circus, images of the catholic church, the deserted seashore, the wind in the trees and the isolated small town feeling.  

The film centers around five young men who are slackers and hustlers, none of which want to find a job or lead productive lives.  They want to carouse, chase women, smoke cigarettes and ‘dream’ of greatness while the world passes them by.  One eventually sees the hopelessness of his life and takes the big step of leaving the comforts of home and seeking his fortune.  He leaves the rest behind to continue their aimless existence.  

The portrait of small town Italy is almost dream-like.  The film shows the first glimpse of the surreal world that is populated with the classic Fellini characters.  This, combined with the haunting music of Nino Rota, it is a grand entrance to Fellini’s world of cinema.  

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.

The summary of the project and a glimpse of what is coming up next can be found on my public LaserDisc spreadsheet.