The White Sheik
(Lo sceicco bianco)
Alberto Sordi, Leopoldo Trieste, Brunella Bovo, Giulietta Masina,
Fellini’s first solo directorial effort is a farce about the collision of fantasy and reality. A pair of provincial newlyweds (Leopoldo Trieste and Brunella Bovo) arrive in Rome with plans for a visit with relatives and an audience with the pope. But first, the naive young bride sets out to meet her heartthrob, the White Sheik (Alberto Sordi), hero of a fumetto photo-comic strip—leading to a romantic misadventure for her and a series of embarrassments for her increasingly hysterical husband. Propelled by a jaunty Nino Rota score, the film features a minor but memorable appearance by Giulietta Masina as the prostitute Cabiria.