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Director:
Writers:
Federico Fellini (story) &
Ennio Flaiano (story) ...
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Release Date:
26 May 1957 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The story of a betrayed but unquenchable little Roman street-walker.
Plot:
A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 16 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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(96 articles)
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"Nights" of Fellini and Masina See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (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 (story and screenplay) &
Ennio Flaiano (story and screenplay) &
Tullio Pinelli (story and screenplay)

Pier Paolo Pasolini (screenplay)

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)
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Runtime:
110 min | USA:117 min (restored version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia:
Federico Fellini cast film editor 'Leo Cattazo' 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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Giorgio:[in Italian]
[first lines]
Giorgio:Go over there.
Maria 'Cabiria' Ceccarelli:[in Italian] It's beautiful. Come on.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Insider (1999)See more »

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33 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
"Nights" of Fellini and Masina, 18 February 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

A prostitute whose life is a veritable study in the resilience of the human spirit is the subject of `Nights of Cabiria,' directed by Federico Fellini. Giulietta Masina stars as Cabiria, a gentle soul at heart who manages to maintain a positive outlook even in the face of adversity. Experiences that would leave those of lesser mettle jaded she is seemingly able to ward off and emerge from intact, with a guarded optimism that nevertheless leaves her open to whatever ills life may have in store for her next. But it is just that optimism and her sense of joy in the simple things that makes her so endearing. She is proud, for example, of the fact that she owns her own house, hovel though it may be. Though not one to be easily duped, she is vulnerable to sincere persistence, which has in the past rendered her victim to those who would take advantage of her, which is succinctly established in the opening scene of the film. Fellini's film is a study of how good may succumb to evil, and yet still triumph in the end (though open to subjective interpretation). It's something of an examination of endurance; how many times can one be knocked down before finally being unable to stand back up again. At the same time, however, it's an example of how purity can prevail against even the utmost cruelty. There is a humanity manifested in Cabiria that somehow gives absolution, not only to her lifestyle, but to those who would willingly do her harm. And it is in that very same absolution that we find a message of hope and redemption. As Cabiria, the diminutive Masina gives a performance that is nothing less than superlative, filled with nuance and expression. She has a face and a manner that convey an unbelievable depth of emotion, and Fellini captures every bit of it with his camera to perfection. It sometimes seems that she is a sprite merely masquerading as a woman; she has a light, almost ethereal presence, though at the same time she exhibits an earthy quality that gives her character such complexity, which removes any semblance of stereotype one may assign to her character as a `lady of the evening.' It is a heartfelt, memorable portrayal that quite simply should have earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. Turning in a noteworthy performance, also, is Francois Perier, as Oscar D'Onofrio, the stranger who comes into Cabiria's life with an offer that ultimately seems too good to be true. The supporting cast includes Amedeo Nazzari (Alberto Lazzari), Aldo Silvani (The Hypnotist), Franca Marzi (Wanda), Dorian Gray (Jessy), Mario Passante (Cripple in the `Miracle' sequence), Pina Gualandri (Matilda), Leo Cattozzo (Man with the sack) and Polidor (The Monk). `Nights of Cabiria' is a film of extraordinary depth that is beautiful as well in it's humanity; Fellini has created images, both visually and emotionally, that are stunning and indelibly realized. Highlighted by the performance of Giulietta Masina, this is a film that begs to be embraced, one that will stay with you long after the last shadow has passed from the screen into darkness. In Cabiria, Fellini somehow touches something eternal, for there is a lasting sense of innate goodness about her that simply cannot be forgotten. For seekers after wisdom and truth, this is definitely a film that must not be missed. I rate this one 10/10.

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