I Vitteloni was Fellini’s third film as director and his first international success. He would go on to greater things but this is still a superb little drama about a group of friends in a declining seaside town in postwar Italy. They all have few job prospects and not much to hope for from life, but they do find solace in their friendships. The film bears a great resemblance to Fellini’s later masterpiece Amarcord; this is unsurprising, both are autobiographical and I believe even set in the same town. I Vitteloni is closer to traditional Italian Neorealism than Amarcord‘s tragi-comic grace, and so it retains a more downbeat but engrossing mood throughout.