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

 -  Drama  -  26 May 1957 (Italy)
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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'
Mario Passante ...
Uncle of Amleto
Christian Tassou
Amedeo Nazzari ...
Alberto Lazzari
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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26 May 1957 (Italy)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Italian censorship visa #23742 delivered on 13 March 1957. See more »

Goofs

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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The Best Film I Know
8 April 2000 | by (Columbia, MO) – See all my reviews

I am not much in favor of "best" lists--I wouldn't make it in Cusack's "High Fidelity" world--but I can usually offer a range of titles of films that I consider the most powerful experiences I have had in front of a screen--Bicycle Thief, Ran, Ordet, Seventh Seal, Citizen Kane, L'Avventura, Rear Window, Blade Runner, quite a few others. But if I had to pick just one title, it would be Nights of Cabiria. I saw it when it first came out in this country--I was a junior in high school and fortunate enough to live near a theater that showed foreign films. It ran for several weeks and I kept going back to see it over and over, giving myself permission by dragging friends to see it. No one was ever disappointed, though only a couple of friends developed a comparable enthusiasm with mine. I have continued to see

it every chance I get, though I have not had the opportunity to see the latest reissue--I probably will have to see it on

video or dvd, since the city I now live in rarely shows any foreign films. Giulietta Massina gives not just the greatest

performance of her career, but surely one of the greatest

performances ever recorded on film, and the sequence of Cabiria's experiences, at first seemingly random and insignificant, adds up to one of the most profound statements Fellini ever made about human life.


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