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Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Le notti di Cabiria (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 May 1957 (Italy)
A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.

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François Périer ...
Oscar D'Onofrio (as François Perier)
Franca Marzi ...
Wanda
Dorian Gray ...
Jessy
Aldo Silvani ...
The wizard
Ennio Girolami ...
Amleto, 'il magnaccia'
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Uncle of Amleto
Christian Tassou
Amedeo Nazzari ...
Alberto Lazzari
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Storyline

Cabiria is a wide-eyed waif, a streetwalker living in a poor section of Rome where she owns her little house, has a bank account, and dreams of a miracle. We follow her nights (and days): a boyfriend steals 40,000 lire from her and nearly drowns her, a movie star on the Via Veneto takes her home with him, at a local shrine she seeks the Madonna's intercession, then she meets an accountant who's seen her, hypnotized on a vaudeville stage, acting out her heart's longings. He courts her. Is it fate that led to their meeting? Is this finally a man who appreciates her for who she is? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The story of a betrayed but unquenchable little Roman street-walker.

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$38,988 (USA) (3 July 1998)

Gross:

$752,045 (USA) (30 October 1998)
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Trivia

Federico Fellini cast film editor Leo Cattozzo as "The Man with the Sack" and wanted to keep that sequence in the release print over the objections of producer Dino De Laurentiis. De Laurentiis, who thought the scene slowed the film down, finally had to resort to stealing the scene from the editing room. According to DeLaurentiis about five to seven years after its original release, Fellini called him up and begged him to give him back the sequence so he could restore it. As "Cabiria" had now achieved a classic status, the producer agreed. See more »

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The position of the family outside the house changes between when Cabiria first opens the door and when she leaves the house. See more »

Quotes

Giorgio: [in Italian]
[first lines]
Giorgio: Go over there.
Maria 'Cabiria' Ceccarelli: [in Italian] It's beautiful. Come on.
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"Dum Spiro – Spero" - While there's life there's hope.
25 January 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

I would not argue that there could be better films made before and after Cabiria. Perhaps. But there never will be another "Nights of Cabiria" - the last Fellini's film with the linear structure, his third and the most successful collaboration with his actress wife, Giulietta Masina, his immortal love letter to her. Of all his characters, Fellini once said, Cabiria was the only one he was still worried about. Of all the characters, I've seen in the films, Cabiria is the one I often think about - what ever happened to her? Did she survive? Was she able to find love?

I've never seen the face so alive, changing its expression every moment. If the face is the soul's mirror, Cabiria's (Masina's) face reflects her every single emotion and how effortlessly she goes from bitter cynicism to wistful yearning, from despair to hope, from tears to smile. While there's life there's hope. As long as Cabiria smiles in the end of this tragicomic masterpiece, there is hope for all of us.


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