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

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

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Fellini's poignant story of a streetwalker hoping for a way out of her sordid life.

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Cast

François Périer
as Oscar D'Onofrio
Amedeo Nazzari
as Alberto Lazzari
Aldo Silvani
as Hypnotist
Mario Passante
as Amleto's Uncle
Mimmo Poli
as Man Eating in the Nightclub
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Critic Reviews for Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria)

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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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
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
Houston Chronicle
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Even in the mutilated version of the film, Masina shone and sparkled in her shabby role.

Full Review… | May 19, 2005
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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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A deep, wrenching and eloquent filmgoing experience.

January 1, 2000
New York 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
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria)

Giulietta Masina should be forever remembered for her flawless performance in this profoundly touching and devastating tragicomic masterpiece, making us root for her character and her happiness in such a way that it is hard to be left unmoved by what unfolds before us.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

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Bellisimo!!!

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

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