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Before Marlon Brando was a wild one or James Dean a rebel without a cause, Federico Fellini and his pals basked in adolescent aimlessness on the streets of Rimini, their seaside hometown. Some 15 years and a world war later, the director re-created those days in 1953’s I Vitelloni (“The Calves”). Layabouts and spongers, Fausto and his four cohorts play pool, write plays, go to the races, and pursue pretty women—a pastime that Fausto declines to abandon just because an unexpected pregnancy forces him to marry one of his conquests. The film’s portrayal of the young men is both satirical and sympathetic, with Fausto’s earnest brother-in-law Moraldo serving as the director’s alter ego. Though the narration and Nino Rota’s score now seem old-fashioned, Fellini’s second solo feature has held up well, and the carnival and beauty-pageant sequences exemplify the verve that would soon become known as “Fellinesque.” The film screens at 6:45 & 9 p.m. (see Showtimes for other dates) at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Mark Jenkins)