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The White Sheik (1952)

Lo sceicco bianco (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 April 1956 (USA)
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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

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

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

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:

$39,343

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,343
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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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Trivia

The character Cabiria from Nights of Cabiria (1957) played by Giulietta Masina appears in this film See more »

Quotes

Marilena Alba Vellardi: Listen. My dear? If you were in the desert at night, and you knew your sheik was in danger, what would you say?
Wanda Giardino Cavalli: Who, me? If I were Fatima, alone in the desert at night? I'd say... I'd say... I'd say, "My word, but I am distraught." No?
Marilena Alba Vellardi: Wonderful! Good girl! An exquisitely human line.
Wanda Giardino Cavalli: Really?
Marilena Alba Vellardi: I'll write it down immediately. It's simple, just like life.
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Referenced in Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials (1965) See more »

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Incredibly sweet and charming film
17 December 2001 | by zetesSee all my reviews

This is Federico Fellini's first solo effort, his first film, Variety Lights, having been co-directed by Alberto Lattuada (although it is unmistakably in the style of Fellini's early films). The White Sheik is quite underrated - there's no reason why it should be so much less respected than the other early films, particularly La Strada and Nights of Cabiria, the two most often cited as masterpieces (and I'd agree). I actually like The White Sheik quite a bit better than I Vitelloni, Fellini's next film (Il Bidone is the only one from his early period that I have not yet seen). The White Sheik is quite humorous, perhaps Fellini's funniest (although so many of his films contain a great amount of comedy). No Fellini fan should go without seeing it, because so many of his themes and images are established in it. In fact, no one should miss Variety Lights, either, for the same reason. But The White Sheik, unlike Variety Lights, stands by itself as a great film. 9/10.


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