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This pairing of Fellini classics highlights the director’s gift for capturing messy truths about the human condition, from youthful slackers to newlyweds already growing apart.
A major influence on Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets (1973), I vitelloni helped establish Fellini as a filmmaker of international stature. The director uses the term “vitelloni”—roughly meaning “layabouts”—to describe the film’s five hell-raising wastrels in Rimini (Fellini’s hometown) as they stumble through life, mooching off their parents and friends to get by. (103 mins., 4K DCP)
In The White Sheik, a young couple honeymooning in Rome is at odds over how to spend their time. The groom (Leopoldo Trieste) wants to visit family and dutifully attend church; the bride (Brunella Bovo) is obsessed with sneaking away to find her favorite soap opera romance star “The White Sheik” (played by the incomparable Alberto Sordi). Giulietta Masina’s brief turn as a prostitute would be revived years later in Nights of Cabiria. (83 mins., 4K DCP)
See the complete Retrospective: Federico Fellini lineup.
Feature: “A Hundred Years of Fellini,” Anthony Lane, New Yorker
Feature: “Born 100 Years Ago, Filmmaker Federico Fellini Captured The Messiness of Life,” John Powers, NPR
I vitelloni, image courtesy of Janus Films.
The White Sheik, image courtesy of Rialto Pictures.
Retrospective: Federico Fellini is part of the Federico Fellini 100 tour, a series of centennial tributes to the director coordinated by Paola Ruggiero and Camilla Cormanni of Luce Cinecittà in Rome.
I vitelloni was digitally restored by Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna, and Cineteca Nazionale.
The White Sheik was digitally restored by L’Immagine Ritrovata.
FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Rohauer Collection Foundation
WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
The Wexner Family
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
L Brands Foundation
Mary and C. Robert Kidder
Bill and Sheila Lambert
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Michael and Paige Crane
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
President Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica Meinhard
Russell and Joyce Gertmenian
Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel
Ron and Ann Pizzuti
Joyce and Chuck Shenk
Bruce and Joy Soll
I vitelloni | The White Sheik