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The Nights of Cabiria -- This is Fellini's classic about an optimistic, romantic, poor young woman who lives off unscrupulous men.


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Release Date:
26 May 1957 (Italy) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Giulietta Masina ... Maria 'Cabiria' Ceccarelli
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gianni Baghino ... (uncredited)
Franco Balducci ... Spectator on the Stage of the Cinema (uncredited)
Ciccio Barbi ... Man on the Stage (uncredited)
Luciano Bonanni ... Man in Black Suit at the Edge of the River (uncredited)
Jusy Boncinelli ... (uncredited)
Loretta Capitoli ... Rosy (uncredited)
Leo Cattozzo ... The Man with the Sack (uncredited)
Dominique Delouche ... Priest with the Flag (uncredited)
Edda Evangelista ... (uncredited)

Franco Fabrizi ... Giorgio (uncredited)
Riccardo Fellini ... (uncredited)
Ines Ferrari ... (uncredited)
Biagio Gambini ... Moretto (uncredited)
Giovanna Gattinoni ... La zia nana (uncredited)
Amedeo Girardi ... (uncredited)
Pina Gualandri ... Matilda (uncredited)
Elio Mauro ... (uncredited)
Nino Milano ... (uncredited)
Jean Mollier ... (uncredited)
Sandro Moretti ... Un papponcello (uncredited)
Sergio Parlato ... (uncredited)
Mimmo Poli ... Man Eating in the Nightclub (uncredited)
Polidor ... Friar (uncredited)
María Luisa Rolando ... Marisa (uncredited)
Vittorio Tosti ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Federico Fellini 
Writing credits
Federico Fellini  screenplay &
Ennio Flaiano  story and screenplay &
Tullio Pinelli  story and screenplay

Pier Paolo Pasolini (screenplay)

Federico Fellini  story
Maria Molinari  novel

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
Cinematography by
Aldo Tonti 
Otello Martelli (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Leo Cattozzo  (as Leo Catozzo)
Production Design by
Piero Gherardi 
Costume Design by
Piero Gherardi 
Makeup Department
Dante Trani .... makeup artist
Eligio Trani .... makeup artist
Production Management
Luigi De Laurentiis .... production manager
Emimmo Salvi .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominique Delouche .... assistant director
Moraldo Rossi .... assistant director
Art Department
Brunello Rondi .... artistic advisor
Sound Department
Oscar Di Santo .... sound
Rocco Roy Mangano .... sound (as Roy Mangano)
Camera and Electrical Department
Goffredo Bellisario .... camera operator (uncredited)
Otello Martelli .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Adriana Olasio .... assistant editor
Narciso Vicario .... editing secretary
Music Department
Pasquale Bonagura .... composer: song "Lla Ri Lli Ra"
Franco Ferrara .... conductor
Other crew
Manolo Bolognini .... production secretary
Dominique Delouche .... production assistant
Paolo Nuzzi .... production assistant
Nino Manfredi .... voice dubbing: Ennio Girolami (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le notti di Cabiria" - Italy (original title)
"Nights of Cabiria" - USA (imdb display title)
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110 min | USA:117 min (restored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Hungary:18 (original rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2003) | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:PG | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16

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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 »
Continuity: 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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Referenced in Alex in Wonderland (1970)See more »


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48 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
The Best Film I Know, 8 April 2000
Author: Tom Dillingham (tfdill) from Columbia, MO

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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