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 Le notti di Cabiria [Nights of Cabiria] 

What grade would you give this film?
A 60%  60%  [ 3 ]
B 40%  40%  [ 2 ]
C 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
D 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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 Le notti di Cabiria [Nights of Cabiria] 
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Nights of Cabiria


Nights of Cabiria (Italian: Le notti di Cabiria) is a 1957 Italian film directed by Federico Fellini. Fellini's wife, Giulietta Masina, plays Cabiria Ceccarelli, a feisty but naive prostitute in Ostia, then a seedy section of Rome. In 1998 the film was rereleased, newly restored and with a crucial scene that censors had cut.

The name Cabiria is borrowed from the 1914 Italian film Cabiria, while the character of Cabiria herself is taken from a brief scene in Fellini's earlier film The White Sheik. It was Masina's performance in that earlier film that inspired Fellini to make this film. But no one in Italy was willing to finance a film which featured prostitutes as heroines. Finally, Dino de Laurentiis agreed to put up the money. Fellini based some of the characters on a real prostitute whom he had met while filming Il Bidone, and for added authenticity he had Pier Paolo Pasolini, whom he considered an authority on prostitutes, help with the script.

The American musical and movie Sweet Charity is based on Fellini's screenplay.


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8/10 -> B

Competent movie. A bit too naive at times and I'm not a huge fan of Masina. Though I must say I don't really get all the praise Fellini gets. I'm watching his work chronologically and there are a lot of movies left (a lot of the "biggies" included), but Le notti di Cabiria was supposed to be one of his crown jewels and it just didn't sit that great with me.

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How could you not like Masina? Have you seen La strada? I haven't seen Fellini's entire output but I dare say I like his earlier stuff better than the latter stuff. Films like La strada, Lo sceicco bianco, Il bidone, La dolce vita and yes, Le notti di Cabiria, stand above Amarcord, Satyricon, E la nave va... Of the late ones I've seen I really love Roma. As for Cabiria, I thought it was great! Masina brings her to life and it's a sort of predecessor to La dolce vita with Masina a female counterpart to Mastroniani's character from La dolce vita. What's the scene where she takes a walk with someone (a priest?) along the outskirts of Rome? I need to see it again, it's been a while.


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Cabiria is one of my all time favorites. There's nothing like acknowledging you're going to get up, brush off the dirt, and fall for getting pushed off an even higher ledge. Here's to humans.

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Stark realism with a touch of magical wonder, but perhaps could have used a bit more of the latter. Fantastic lead performance, though.

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