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The White Sheik (1952)

Lo sceicco bianco (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 April 1956 (USA)
During a day in their honeymoon, a couple is separated by the city's lust and the desires it produces.

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Federico Fellini

Writers:

Michelangelo Antonioni (story) (as M. Antonioni), Federico Fellini (story) (as F. Fellini) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Sordi ... Fernando Rivoli - lo sceicco bianco
Brunella Bovo Brunella Bovo ... Wanda Giardino Cavalli
Leopoldo Trieste ... Ivan Cavalli
Giulietta Masina ... Cabiria - La prostituta
Ernesto Almirante Ernesto Almirante ... Dottore Fortuna - il regista del fotoromanzo
Lilia Landi Lilia Landi ... Felga - La zingara del fotoromanzo
Fanny Marchiò Fanny Marchiò ... Marilena Alba Vellardi
Gina Mascetti Gina Mascetti ... Aida Rivoli - La moglie di Fernando
Jole Silvani Jole Silvani ... Collega di Cabiria
Enzo Maggio Enzo Maggio ... Furio
Anna Primula Anna Primula
Mimo Billi Mimo Billi ... Man on the beach
Armando Libianchi Armando Libianchi
Ugo Attanasio Ugo Attanasio ... Uncle of Ivan
Giulio Moreschi Giulio Moreschi ... Portiere d'albergo
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Storyline

Moments after the newlywed couple of the fastidious office employee Ivan and his young and pure wife Wanda arrive at a hotel in Rome for their honeymoon and a formal meeting with Ivan's uncle, the bride decides to sneak out of the room and leave unnoticed. Wanda, obsessed with the masculine "White Sheik", her idol and hero of her favourite romantic photonovel, and tempted by his fiery invitation, she decides to actually meet him in person just to show him a painting she made. Without a doubt, 20-year-old Wanda risks a lot, however, she needs to see him in all of his glory. Instead, she will reluctantly join the cast of the photonovel, she will even get a small part too, she will be seduced by the arrogant protagonist and ultimately, confused and disappointed, she will inevitably realise that she is all alone and so far away from Rome and her husband. Perplexed by Wanda's strange disappearance and unable to disclose the news to his family, Ivan will seek her in the streets of Rome ... Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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OFI, P.D.C. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Maid: If you want to take a bath, we'll need half an hour's warning.
Wanda Giardino Cavalli: Oh, yes!
Ivan Cavalli: A hot bath?
Maid: Naturally.
Ivan Cavalli: Is there a surcharge?
Maid: Two hundred lire.
Ivan Cavalli: Yes! There is time, my dear. It's 9:00 now. Aunt and Uncle will be here at 10:30. Perfect. A hot bath for my wife! Perhaps tomorrow I'll take one myself. Okay?
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The Not So White Sheik
12 September 2009 | by RindianaSee all my reviews

Likable early Fellini told in a sprightly farcical vein, with good-natured jabs against hypocritical family honour, marital disharmony and the hokeyness of pulp kitsch.

The situations are a tad too low-key to work as premium farce, but the humanity and naturalness that are invested in the story and the characters, despite all tendencies to rely on stereotypes, render this pic highly watchable, if not as memorable as later films made by the master director.

And in an age when satire is often equated with a misanthropic attitude it's nice to witness a more empathic way to get one's knuckles rapped.

7 out of 10 pitying prostitutes


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