Lo sceicco bianco (The White Sheik) Reviews
A honeymooning Italian couple visits Rome, ostensibly to meet the groom's family and have a brief audience with the Pope. But the bride has a secret agenda: to visit the offices of a frothy romance magazine she reads. She's especially infatuated with a pictorial series called "The White Sheik." She sneaks out the bathroom window of her hotel room and tracks down the magazine's nearby headquarters. Her innocent enthusiasm charms the staffers she meets, and she ends up tagging along on a remote "White Sheik" photo shoot. But her panicked husband has no idea where she is -- he thought she was simply taking a bath.
Dual conflicts unfold simultaneously. While the hapless, wide-eyed husband searches for his wife and fumbles to explain her absence to the family, the wife bonds with the model portraying the sheik and arouses his wife's fiery jealousy.
The actor playing the husband (Leopoldo Trieste) has a gift for physical humor, and there's also a brief scene with Giulette Masina (Fellini's real-life wife), where her unmistakable charisma clearly anticipates her future stardom. Just a wonderfully acted and directed film, all around. I'm sure Woody would agree.