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The White Sheik (1952)
"Lo sceicco bianco" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 April 1956 (USA)
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During a day in their honeymoon a couple is separated by the city's lust and the desires it produces.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Fernando Rivoli - il sceicco bianco
Brunella Bovo ...
Wanda Giardino Cavalli
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Ivan Cavalli
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Lilia Landi ...
Felga - La zingara del fotoromanzo
Ernesto Almirante ...
Dottore Fortuna - il regista del fotoromanzo
Fanny Marchiò ...
Marilena Alba Vellardi
Gina Mascetti ...
Aida Rivoli - La moglie di Fernando
Jole Silvani
Enzo Maggio ...
Furio
Anna Primula
Mimo Billi ...
Man on the beach
Armando Libianchi
Ugo Attanasio ...
Uncle of Ivan
Giulio Moreschi
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The first two days of a marriage. Ivan, a punctilious clerk brings his virginal bride to Rome for a honeymoon, an audience with the Pope, and to present her to his uncle. They arrive early in the morning, and he has time for a nap. She sneaks off to find the offices of a romance magazine she reads religiously: she wants to meet "The White Sheik," the hero of a soap-opera photo strip. Star-struck, she ends up 20 miles from Rome, alone on a boat with the sheik. A distraught Ivan covers for her, claiming she's ill. That night, each wanders the streets, she tempted by suicide, he by prostitutes. The next day, at 11, is their papal audience. Can things still right themselves? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A rare combination of high comedy and true (though comical) suspense. A real gem.
30 June 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The protagonist is a stuffy little bureaucrat from a small town arriving for his honeymoon in Rome with his very sheltered (only a bit more than himself) young bride. He has few romantic thoughts on his mind. His main concern is a meeting with his uncle, a minor official at the Vatican, who has arranged an audience with the Pope.

While the jerk is taking a nap, his bride plots a momentary escape to fulfill her one wild fantasy---A meeting with the "White Sheik" a hero of the "frumetti"---a sort of trashy photographic comic book popular in 50s Italy---to whom she has sent red hot fan mail. She learns that the studio is only a few blocks from the hotel and resolves to meet her secret love for just a minute and get back to the hotel in time. Through a comedy of errors she is accidentally "abducted" to a shooting session where she learns to be careful about what she wishes for. Meanwhile, her husband is desperately searching for her and coming up with all kinds of frantic excuses to his family for her absence. I won't describe the movie any further for the benefit of those who wish to see it.

A very effective comedy with plenty of innuendo for adults and even some slapstick and sight gags. Loads of laughs for young and old. A very sweet story that nevertheless contains some of the surrealistic elements of Fellini's later work. If possible, get the subtitled version. The Italian language enhances the comical effect. A real gem.


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