Fellini's neo-realist disclosure of everyday-life's epiphanies is an Odyssey for the iconic Masina: from the mystique of celebrity life-style, the false hopes on organized religion, spiritualism's deceptions to normal life's chimera: the pool for Fellini's later 'Juliet of the Spirits'. On the road to martyrdom and saving grace, Masina goes through a dazzlingly conjured maze of ascent/descent (the staircase shots)!
The first half is both too long and too meandering. The vignettes don't build up to each other making the film feel aimless. These issues are rectified in the second half when when the film finally picks a central dilemma, leading to an incredible ending. More than anything, it made me want more films with Giulietta Masina. Unique among any other actor, her smile hides such indescribable pain and longing.
If this is a hollywood film, I'm sure this film will win many awards. A very touching slice of life, I admit Fellini is one of the best directors of all time, he gave a subplot about social problems such as promiscuity and poverty. Giulietta Masina gave her best as a sassy girl who went through many bitter sweet life and was swayed by the sweetness of love, it was very painful for Cabiria, you deserve better life
One of the Fellini classics, featuring Masina's short, wide-eyed, forever wronged prostitute with the pained expression and the Lucille Ball gestures. Federico's neo-realist beginnings were long behind him at this point, and his portrait of street life and hypocritical high society was more nuanced. Both poignant and beautiful, especially in its scenes of religious piety and cave-dwellers relying on charity handouts.
... and suddenly Masina smiles and the film goes beyond is dimension. With this simple gesture Fellini made us forget how irregular this film is (specially the scene before this last moment, when the bad guy puts is sunglasses to operate the transformation) and even Masina that I was never an admire shows us why she is so radiant.