|Movie poster for Federico Fellini's 1953 film, I VITELLONI|
|The word vitelloni translates to "big veals" or "overgrown calves," a reference to the group's continuing dependence upon their parents even though they’re grown.|
|Fausto's father admonishes his son's immaturity.|
|On the set: Fellini (left) discusses the script with Jean Brochard (right)|
|The men are trapped in a claustrophobic world of family and relationships that leads to their inevitable stagnation.|
Each director beautifully portrayed the pivotal juncture in their lives with poignancy, and humor which in turn marked another pivotal point in their career. The popularity of the film allowed the director to make the film that would shoot them into international standing. Fellini's next feature was the classic, LA STRADA, while Lucas followed his second feature with STAR WARS. Legendary filmmaker, Martin Scorsese has summarized the theme of I Vitelloni , by reflectively saying, "[The film] captures the bittersweet emotions of a moment that eventually comes for everyone. The moment you can either grow up or stay a child forever." This analysis could just as easily apply to American Graffiti.
- American film Institute. George Lucas Interview. Excerpt on You Tube. Posted 10/30/2009. Retrieved 2/01/2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvmFpj2Bgyc
- I Vitellnoi DVD. (1953, 2005). Criterion.
- My Voyage to Italy. Dir. Martin Scorsese. DVD. (2003). Dist. Buena Vista Home Entertainment.
- Vitelloni, I - Film (Movie) Plot and Review - Publications. http://www.filmreference.com/Films-Vi-Wi/I-Vitelloni.html#ixzz19U0CVqI7. Retrieved 12/26/2010.
- Wiegand, Christopher. (2003). Frederico Fellini: the complete films. Cologne, Germany. Taschen Books.