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The White Sheik (1952)

Lo sceicco bianco (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 April 1956 (USA)
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 - lo 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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Storyline

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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Some of the score was recycled in La Strada (1954) See more »

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Fernando Rivoli - lo sceicco bianco: I feel the same way when I'm on the water. A strange, melancholy joy takes over my entire being.
[Looks up]
Fernando Rivoli - lo sceicco bianco: A seagull! Dear little seagull. Dear little seagull. It's a joy that comes from remembering a previous life. Afterlife. Previous life or afterlife? Previous. Who knows who we were then, you and I? Perhaps I was a pirate and I bet you were a mermaid.
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My brief review of the film
21 July 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Quite an interesting comedy with ideas about fantasy versus reality, a wonderful Nino Rota score, and great work by Bovo, an actress who can capture some great expressions on her face: realistically big-eyed, naïve and innocent, as is required for her character. The film does however suffer from unevenness, trying to balance two styles of comedy

  • light-hearted semi fantasy and silly slapstick. By themselves either


style works fine, but when joined together, it becomes a little messy. The film is not really helped by excessively silly supporting characters, and Trieste feels very over-the-top at times. Still, the aforementioned virtues, and interesting camera-work with an extensive range of different angles, are enough to keep this film afloat. Definitely recommended, even if not perfect.


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