4.5? I love this period of Fellini, which draws out magnificent setpieces from the everyday, not just in those religious sequences, but in those (spaghetti) western-esque scenescapes on the outskirts of Rome. He also shows a love of the quiet, lonely moments after the parade has left town. I see so much New Hollywood in this movie, Bogdonavich, Scorcese, Altman, and also PTA, Almodovar. Pasolini wrote some dialogue!
Guilietta Masina carries us through an odyssey traversing the path we all wander between fantasy and reality, romance and tragedy, self-delusion and revelation. Scenes of celebration and spiritual aspiration alternate with visions poverty and human folly. In the end it’s imagination itself that allows us to survive.
(4.5 stars) A complete and WONDERFUL surprise of a film! I was captivated from start to finish. I think that most of my fascination comes from the INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE by Giulietta Masina. Her onscreen presence is utterly magnetic and she is a hypnotic character to behold. Sometimes angry, sometimes annoying, sometimes truly heartbreaking, Giulietta's performance runs the gamut of emotions.
Giulietta Masina's performance is 5 stars, she's so emotive, a total fox, and the best dancer I've seen on film. Not to mention a few sublime set pieces--Cabiria's public hypnosis will stick with me forever, as may the church procession & the people living in caves. But a compelling drama these things alone do not make. 'Nights of Cabiria' is missing some cohesive glue that caused it to fizzle out for me.
Exploration of hope, loneliness and the life of the so called in the film "low-life". Fellini is a genius and this film deservers all the praises possible, it touched me in the most unfathomable way. Giulietta Masina's performance might be one of the most heart-breaking and charming performances in cinema history. Bravo.
Such a bitter articulation of the subtle (and overt) torment faced by the truly pure of heart; it's like the spiritual answer to French New Wave cinema, boasting a complete set of evocations, and a tremendous central performance. I initially thought the conflict almost ephemeral; but Cabiria constantly clashes against the world around her. So there is active conflict in a loose sense. It's lovely beyond words.
95/100 (Niye bu kadar geç izledim? Fellini sen neden bu kadar yücesin? Senaristi bilmediğim halde bu film nasıl Passolini'yi aklıma getiriyor? Masina neden bu kadar iyi bir oyuncuyken aynı zamanda çok sempatiksin? 60 yıl öncenin bir film karakteri için nasıl bu denli dertlenebiliyoruz? Neden artık siz ve sizler gibiler çıkmıyor NEDEN?)
Meraviglioso, dai titoli di testa ai titoli di coda. La potenza emotiva sprigionata dalle tristi vicende di cui Cabiria si rende, in parte autonomamente, protagonista ha dell'incredibile. Impossibile non affiancare la bionda protagonista nel suo parzialmente disilluso tentativo di credere nel suo sogno di redenzione, convincendoci che forse non è così inafferrabile. Sperandoci, forse, un po'. Meraviglioso.
Pure cinema. One of the greatest movies of all-time, one of the greatest actresses of all-time, one of the (or maybe THE) greatest directors of all-time. A slice of life captured in film. A bittersweet tear of joy, sadness and redemption in the shape of a movie.