Giulietta Masina won Best Actress at Cannes as the title character of one of Fellini’s most haunting films. Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Nights of Cabiria (Le notti di Cabiria) is the tragic story of a naive prostitute searching for true love in the seediest sections of Rome. —The Criterion Collection
Federico Fellini was born in 1920 to a provincial middle-class family in Rimini, a small town on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The lack of available options to young men in provincial towns is an important theme in some of his films, most notably I Vitelloni and Amarcord. In fact, Orson Welles once described Fellini as “a small-town boy who’s never really come to Rome. He’s still dreaming about it. And we should all be grateful for those dreams.” He initially arrived in Rome as a law student but his career as a satirical cartoonist and gag writer was already well established by then. His childhood fascination with the circus and the Grand Guignol also governed his cinephilia in these early years. His favourite films were American comedies by Chaplin, Keaton, Harry Langdon and the Marx Brothers. It was only after he came into contact with the circle of Ettore Scola, Cesare Zavattini, Aldo Fabrizi and Roberto Rossellini, that he would seriously consider the cinema as a medium of expression… read more
Un vero Capolavoro del Neorealismo.Lo sfondo di Pasolini è visibile, ma Fellini riesce ad esaltarlo in maniera eccelsa,con il suo continuo contrasto tra innocenza e corruzione,tra ingenuità e cinismo.Cabiria ha poco e niente,ma la sua umanità e i suoi ideali riescono a motivarla, a credere ancora in quel "circo" che,per Fellini, è la vita stessa.Riesce ad indignare e commuovere,soprattutto nel meraviglioso finale.5*
Giulietta Masina, one of the most expressive actresses the cinema industry has known, Federico Fellini, one genius director, plus a most touching story with an extremely inspiring and overwhelming ending. What more can you ask from a classic Italian movie? This is a must-see piece of cinema.
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Strada and Cabiria deal with similar themes of innocence vs. cynicism. Guilietta (Fellini’s wife in real life) plays the innocent in Strada who is finally beaten down by witnessing a tragedy committed… read review