Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (1957)
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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
Oct 28, 1957 Limited
Sep 7, 1999
Lopert Pictures Corporation
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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.
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.
Even in the mutilated version of the film, Masina shone and sparkled in her shabby role.
Through [Masina's] unforgettable performance, Cabiria will endure as long as anyone cares to watch transcendence projected on a screen.
The gift of Cabiria's essence, freed from the determinism of stories, is to return us to our own.
Masina is immensely touching, through an extraordinary range of emotions.
One of Fellini's most effective films -- probably the best of his neo-realist dramas.
Giulietta Masina's finest hour, and perhaps husband Federico Fellini's as well.
Straightforward depiction of a lonely woman's desperate plight and inability to deal with evil and conniving men.
Nights of Cabiria is a heartbreaking foray into the breezy Roma evenings, a tragic portrayal of empty hopes, frustration, and shattered pride.
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.
This Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Film is always cited as one of Fellini's greatest.
Cabiria's story is indeed heartrending, but neither director nor actress allow her time for self-pity.
One of the all-time greats is back on the big screen where it belongs.
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