An Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, this is the tale of a naive streetwalker who wanders the seedy streets of Rome searching for love and a way out of her sordid life. She finds everything but that.
Giulietta Masina took home the best actress prize from Cannes for her spectacular turn in this Fellini classic. Before his baroque surrealist epics, Fellini made the most intimate of character driven films, of which Nights of Cabiria stands at the forefront with unmatched warmth, charm, and heart.
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.
"She lives the life." Giulietta Masina's performance brilliantly captures the contrasts - self-destructiveness and optimism, daftness and fragility, neurosis and vigour, naivety and cynicism - of a woman put through the mill by men: pissed on, put down and spat out by patriarchy and machismo. She's all eyeballs and crooked grins, like a silent movie clown. That sound you hear is Pedro Almodóvar forever taking notes.