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The Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Le notti di Cabiria (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 16 October 1957 (France)
A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.



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Complete credited cast:
Oscar D'Onofrio (as François Perier)
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Amleto, 'il magnaccia'
Uncle of Amleto
Christian Tassou
Alberto Lazzari


Rome, 1957. A woman, Cabiria, is robbed and left to drown by her boyfriend, Giorgio. Rescued, she resumes her life and tries her best to find happiness in a cynical world. Even when she thinks her struggles are over and she has found happiness and contentment, things may not be what they seem. Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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




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Release Date:

16 October 1957 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Nights of Cabiria  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,988, 5 July 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$752,045, 1 November 1998
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| (restored)

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


When Gabiria arrives at her house for the first time in the film a plant is on her staircase, when she goes out later the evening it disappeared. 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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The Best Film I Know

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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