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The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
"Le notti di Cabiria" (original title)

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A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.



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Cast overview:
François Périer ...
Oscar D'Onofrio (as François Perier)
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Dorian Gray ...
Aldo Silvani ...
The wizard
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Amleto, 'il magnaccia'
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Christian Tassou
Amedeo Nazzari ...
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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 <>

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




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Release Date:

26 May 1957 (Italy)  »

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Nights of Cabiria  »

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


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

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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According to Federico Fellini's assistant Dominique Delouche, actor 'Francois Perier' was hired so the film could get financing as a French co-production. See more »


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


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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