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Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria)

Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (1957)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
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Nights of Cabiria opens with Cabiria (Giulietta Masina) and her boyfriend playfully embracing by the seaside -- and then he shoves her into the water and steals her purse. Cabiria is revived by some local boys and runs off by herself, shouting. What follows is a series of similarly humiliating episodes, in which the defiantly positive prostitute Cabiria is hurt, but never broken. She gets picked up by movie star Alberto Lazzati (Amedeo Nazzari, doing a self-parody) and taken to his palatial

Sep 7, 1999

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In 1957, Fellini was still as indebted to neo-realism as to surrealism, and this melancholy tale of a prostitute working the outskirts of Rome is notable for its straightforward depiction of destitution.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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What makes the character so poignant is that her final fortification is not her street wisdom -- that's all surface -- but her innocence. Her ultimate protection is our sympathy for her.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Even in the mutilated version of the film, Masina shone and sparkled in her shabby role.

May 19, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Through [Masina's] unforgettable performance, Cabiria will endure as long as anyone cares to watch transcendence projected on a screen.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The gift of Cabiria's essence, freed from the determinism of stories, is to return us to our own.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Masina is immensely touching, through an extraordinary range of emotions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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One of Fellini's most effective films -- probably the best of his neo-realist dramas.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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An overlooked masterpiece from Fellini.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Fellini's masterpiece, which won the Foreign-Language Oscar, features Giulietta Masina (Fellini's wife) in her most heart-breaking performances, playing a naive prostitute who endures an endless series of devastating misfortunes with her soul intact.

September 6, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)

Giulietta Masina's finest hour, and perhaps husband Federico Fellini's as well.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Straightforward depiction of a lonely woman's desperate plight and inability to deal with evil and conniving men.

July 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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One of Fellini's finest.

May 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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May 12, 2004
New Times

Nights of Cabiria is a heartbreaking foray into the breezy Roma evenings, a tragic portrayal of empty hopes, frustration, and shattered pride.

February 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Ingênua, romântica e sempre esperançosa, Cabíria é a personagem definitiva de Giulietta Masina e também uma das mais marcantes da filmografia de Fellini, que constrói um filme comovente e incrivelmente revelador sobre a força da natureza humana.

August 6, 2003
Cinema em Cena

This Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Film is always cited as one of Fellini's greatest.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Cabiria's story is indeed heartrending, but neither director nor actress allow her time for self-pity.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

One of the all-time greats is back on the big screen where it belongs.

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The high priest of cinema, Fellini refuses to preach to us, preferring to entertain with simple stories that work their magic and penetrate our souls.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria)

gut wrenching innocence
May 16, 2007

Super Reviewer

Giulietta Masina ("La strada") is absolutely devastating in her role as the titular Cabiria in "Nights of Cabiria" (and when I say devastating, I mean it only in the best sense). Cabiria is quite a character to say the least. A prostitute who puts on a big loud and tough exterior yet is almost fatally naive when it comes to love. In an opening scene, her boyfriend robs her and pushes her in the river to drown. She tries to play it off as an accident, a lover's tiff, but her friends know better. All of her mannerisms suggest someone who's putting on an act, and it doesn't feel as if we're ever allowed to see the "real" Cabiria. Well, almost. Towards the end of the film, we're shown (quite intentionally by director Federico Fellini) the true motivations of certain characters. It's this foreshadowing, allowing the audience in on things, that makes it so heartbreaking when Cabiria finally catches on. Cabiria is all the innocence of the world that we must so desperately cling to, in order to preserve even the slightest remainder of it. Giulietta Masina was married to Fellini for many years and it's through her we see his unique world view focused. Nights of Cabiria features many Fellini signatures: the robust yet voluptious woman, the skeletal structure silhouetted against the sky, and the seemingly random parade of fools, which in Cabiria's world, signals the final triumph of innocence over cynicism: that even in the darkest hour, we can be swayed to smile by the music of children, if it is truly in our nature to do so.
May 16, 2012
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Giulietta Masina was a great actress. I preferred her character in La Strada but her performance in Nights of Cabiria is much stronger. I've not seen Sweet Charity but I'm aware of it and I'm quite shocked at the audacity of it, I shan't judge until I've viewed it for myself but this is a great film, an untouchable classic and a crucial point in Fellini's career as this marked the departure from neo-realism into the surreal and wonderful! It's all good though and I really think he's a director you should follow chronologically.
October 29, 2010

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