Hollow dreamers and ambitious deceit mark I Vitelloni as a unique feature hoping to prey on the ideation of its audience. To get to the core of their hopes and dreams is the desire, and the effect it causes once there is remarkable. Community spirit brought together by the intimacy of wandering through a town. Starting on the pier, snaking through the tables and the people, there is a custom to Federico Fellini’s direction here that brings about the intimacy required to connect with those who dream of bigger and better futures. But what good are aspirations if they’re turned to gluttony and self-preservation? I Vitelloni hopes to uncover not the conclusion, but the journey to the realisation of absurdity.
Impoverished loyalty to family old and new, La Strada depends on the unwavering, raw heart of Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) and how attached she is to the ideas of stardom. She is not a happy woman, but presents herself as one. There is true anguish underneath her positive outlook and dependability as a human being. Mired by death from the opening moments, Gelsomina is likeable not just because she is a decent person, but because she is sacrificing her own happiness for those that treat her like dirt. That leading draw is more than enough to capture the emotions La Strada grapples with, and Federico Fellini captures it with a knowing, simplistic professionalism.
Isn’t the seaside a beautiful place? No, not particularly. I have been to the place Dracula terrorised in that fictional piece from centuries ago, and the only other beach I’ve been to I split both knees open and had two ice creams plugged on them to stop the bleeding. Such is the life of the Englishman, which is far, far removed from that of Amarcord and the sensational memories director Federico Fellini has for his childhood and family life. The differences between the beaches of sunny England and rainy Italy are night and day. For one thing, there are no broken bottles, heroin needles or plastic bags littering this beautiful seaside resort where Titta (Bruno Zanin) spends his childhood.