The White Sheik

(Lo sceicco bianco)

Digital Restoration

The White Sheik also screens Wednesday, February 12, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.


Alberto Sordi, Leopoldo Trieste, Brunella Bovo, Giulietta Masina,

Federico 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.

Juliet Clark
  • Federico Fellini
  • Ennio Flaiano
  • Tullio Pinelli
Based On
  • a story by Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pinelli

  • Arturo Gallea
  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 86 mins
  • Rialto Pictures
Additional Info
  • 4K restoration by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, in collaboration with RTI-Mediaset and Infinity, as part of Fellini 100. Restored from the original camera negative. Soundtrack negative provided by Studio Cine. Restoration carried out at L'immagine Ritrovata laboratory, Bologna.