During a day in their honeymoon, a couple is separated by the city's lust and the desires it produces.

Director:

Federico Fellini

Writers:

Michelangelo Antonioni (story) (as M. Antonioni), Federico Fellini (story) (as F. Fellini) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Sordi ... Fernando Rivoli - lo sceicco bianco
Brunella Bovo ... Wanda Giardino Cavalli
Leopoldo Trieste ... Ivan Cavalli
Giulietta Masina ... Cabiria - La prostituta
Ernesto Almirante ... Dottore Fortuna - il regista del fotoromanzo
Lilia Landi ... Felga - La zingara del fotoromanzo
Fanny Marchiò ... Marilena Alba Vellardi
Gina Mascetti ... Rita Rivoli - La moglie di Fernando
Jole Silvani Jole Silvani ... Assunta - Collega di Cabiria
Enzo Maggio Enzo Maggio ... Furio
Anna Primula Anna Primula ... Rita
Mimo Billi Mimo Billi ... Man on the beach
Armando Libianchi Armando Libianchi ... Mr. Mevaglia - The Accountant
Ugo Attanasio Ugo Attanasio ... Uncle of Ivan
Giulio Moreschi ... Portiere d'albergo
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Storyline

Who would have thought that only moments after arriving at Rome for their honeymoon, the young and pure bride, Wanda, would sneak out of the room, leaving her fastidious groom, Ivan, all alone? Obsessed with the masculine Fernando Rivoli--the hero of her favourite romantic photo-novel, The White Sheik--Wanda plucks up the courage to meet him in person, only to be seduced by the arrogant protagonist, so far away from the hotel and her husband. As a result--perplexed by Wanda's strange disappearance, and unable to disclose the news to his family--Ivan meanders through the ill-lit Roman streets in search of his wife, on pins and needles, waiting for their eleven o'clock appointment with his uncle and the Papal Audience at the Vatican. What does the new day have in store for the separated newlyweds? Written by Nick Riganas

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italy | newlywed | honeymoon | boat | sword | See All (22) »

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A Very Funny Picture by Federico Fellini See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #189. See more »

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Fernando Rivoli - lo sceicco bianco: I, too, must return to Rome. Let's go back together. Cheers.
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Referenced in Cinema Paradiso (1988) See more »

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A rare combination of high comedy and true (though comical) suspense. A real gem.
30 June 2003 | by guancheSee all my reviews

The protagonist is a stuffy little bureaucrat from a small town arriving for his honeymoon in Rome with his very sheltered (only a bit more than himself) young bride. He has few romantic thoughts on his mind. His main concern is a meeting with his uncle, a minor official at the Vatican, who has arranged an audience with the Pope.

While the jerk is taking a nap, his bride plots a momentary escape to fulfill her one wild fantasy---A meeting with the "White Sheik" a hero of the "frumetti"---a sort of trashy photographic comic book popular in 50s Italy---to whom she has sent red hot fan mail. She learns that the studio is only a few blocks from the hotel and resolves to meet her secret love for just a minute and get back to the hotel in time. Through a comedy of errors she is accidentally "abducted" to a shooting session where she learns to be careful about what she wishes for. Meanwhile, her husband is desperately searching for her and coming up with all kinds of frantic excuses to his family for her absence. I won't describe the movie any further for the benefit of those who wish to see it.

A very effective comedy with plenty of innuendo for adults and even some slapstick and sight gags. Loads of laughs for young and old. A very sweet story that nevertheless contains some of the surrealistic elements of Fellini's later work. If possible, get the subtitled version. The Italian language enhances the comical effect. A real gem.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The White Sheik See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$50,850

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,940
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OFI, P.D.C. See more »
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Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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