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CANCELED: Nights of Cabiria

(Le notti di Cabiria)

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Digital Restoration

featuring

Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Amedeo Nazzari, Franca Marzi,

In Nights of Cabiria, the prostitute who first comforted the hapless husband in Fellini’s early film The White Sheik comes into her own, and holds her own even though she is continually exploited, robbed, and physically abused by the very men she loves. Giulietta Masina in one of her finest performances turns a film about prostitutes, pimps, and johns into an ironically radiant statement about the indestructibility of the human spirit. Cabiria is five feet of pure defense; her mantra is “I have everything I need.” Still, the temptation is always to love; Cabiria lets down her guard and is literally hypnotized into desire. Nights of Cabiria shows how Fellini transformed the precepts of neorealism into a poetry of place—the dusty outpost where Cabiria lives, the slick highways she haunts at night. Like Augusto in Il bidone, Cabiria will come in from the margins only to be cast out again.

Judy Bloch
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Federico Fellini
  • Ennio Flaiano
  • Tullio Pinelli
Cinematographer
  • Aldo Tonti
  • Otello Martelli
Language
  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 110 mins
Source
  • Rialto Pictures
Additional Info
  • Script advisor/additional dialogue by Pier Paolo Pasolini

    Restored by Cineteca di Bologna