Cast & Crew
Tonino Delli Colli
Various aspects of Italian youth are examined in eight episodes: A group of morally righteous Roman youths find a couple necking in a car, strip the girl, and paint her red. In Sicily, where the sexes are strictly segregated, all marriages are arranged by matchmakers, and the only opportunity for premarital sex is with unattractive prostitutes. Wealthy young Neapolitans go yachting with working class girls, whom they seduce but would never marry. In the Chianti region, children persuade their parents to abandon the family farm for employment in a factory in Florence. A young Sicilian tries to find more gainful employment at a new factory but is bewildered by the tests he must take for the job. In a rural area, youths pledge to maintain their religious beliefs and high standards of morality. At the Rimini beach resort, an American girl seduces Italian men recommended by her friends. In Rome at a New Year's Eve party the son of the hosts and his girl friend deride their extravagant elders, preferring to watch television in the luxurious family bomb shelter.
Opened in Rome in February 1962 as I nuovi angeli; running time: 95 min (cut from 105 min). Some U. S. sources credit Guerrini's stories as "The 20-Year-Olds Are Not Madmen."