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The Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Le notti di Cabiria (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 16 October 1957 (France)
A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Maria 'Cabiria' Ceccarelli
... Oscar D'Onofrio (as François Perier)
Franca Marzi ... Wanda
Dorian Gray ... Jessy
Aldo Silvani ... The wizard
... Amleto, 'il magnaccia'
... Uncle of Amleto
Christian Tassou
... Alberto Lazzari
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Storyline

Rome, 1957. A woman, Cabiria, is robbed and left to drown by her boyfriend, Giorgio. Rescued, she resumes her life and tries her best to find happiness in a cynical world. Even when she thinks her struggles are over and she has found happiness and contentment, things may not be what they seem. Written by grantss

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They call her Cabiria...No Matter How Many Men She Was With - She Would Always Be Alone! See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,988, 5 July 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$752,045, 1 November 1998
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Federico Fellini: [vaudeville] The entire hypnotist stage act segment is among many vaudeville references in Fellini's films. See more »

Goofs

When Gabiria arrives at her house for the first time in the film a plant is on her staircase, when she goes out later the evening it disappeared. 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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The "grandest finale" ever

It's hard to tell which Fellini's film leads the way; "8 1/2", "La Dolce vita", "La strada", "Amarcord" and so many more, you just can't choose.

But, when it comes to this beautiful picture, things become clearer. It's not just the amazing perfomance by Giullietta Masina, it's not just the wonderful, semi-crazy characters wondering around the screen and emphasizing Kabiria's sad and lonely world, it's -and that's the film's greatest quality- this sense of optimism that Fellini wants the viewer to take with him/her as he/she is leaving the theater. The master takes everything from his heroin but at the end he wants to convey one simple, eassy-to-grip but so essential message: "Please, don't give up". The power of the film's last ten minutes is unpreceded in the world of movies and, sad to say, never again have we seen such an amazing finale. This is a must-see film, and, most important of all, a film so generous to its viewers that one time is not enough. A total 9/10


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