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The White Sheik

Lo sceicco bianco

Directed by Federico Fellini
Italy, 1952
Comedy, Drama


Ivan Cavalli brings his new wife Wanda to Rome on the least romantic honeymoon in history, a rigid schedule of family meetings and audiences with the Pope. But Wanda, dreaming of the dashing hero of a photo-strip cartoon, drifts off in search of the White Sheik.

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The White Sheik Directed by Federico Fellini
Through the course of her devastating awakening, it’s easy to feel bad for Wanda. “Life is a dream,” she dejectedly concedes, summarizing the core of Fellini’s fancy, “but sometimes a dream is a bottomless pit.” On the other hand, as enacted by high-tension Trieste, who had little prior acting experience, as opposed to Bovo, who had the year prior appeared in Vittorio De Sica’s thematically comparable Miracle in Milan, Ivan’s plight is equally tragic, albeit less heartbreaking.
January 20, 2018
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A comic fable of mass-produced fantasy and fanatical devotion.
December 24, 2019
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Antonioni would expand this Roman caprice with La Signora Senza Camelie the following year, Federico Fellini here envisions the heroine’s trajectory (mouse to harem girl and back) as warm Flaubertian satire.
September 25, 2010
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