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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.

Director:

Federico Fellini

Writers:

Federico Fellini (story), Ennio Flaiano (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Giulietta Masina ... Maria 'Cabiria' Ceccarelli
François Périer ... Oscar D'Onofrio (as François Perier)
Franca Marzi Franca Marzi ... Wanda
Dorian Gray Dorian Gray ... Jessy
Aldo Silvani Aldo Silvani ... The wizard
Ennio Girolami ... Amleto, 'il magnaccia'
Mario Passante ... Uncle of Amleto
Christian Tassou Christian Tassou
Amedeo Nazzari ... 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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Taglines:

The story of a betrayed but unquenchable little Roman street-walker. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

16 October 1957 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nights of Cabiria See more »

Filming Locations:

Acilia, Rome, Lazio, Italy 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During the editing of this film, editor Leo Catozzo developed the CIR self-perforating adhesive tape splicer (also known as "Costruzione Incollatrici Rapide", "the Cattozzo", Guillotine-, CIRO- or ARRI Splicer) which made him rich in the 1960s and for which he won an Academy Award in 1990. See more »

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

Nights of Cabiria has been available until recently only in poor quality videos. The Rialto Pictures version (the one released in theaters in 1998), including the additional "Man with the Sack" sequence, beautifully restored picture and sound, and a brand new translation, is available only from The Criterion Collection (DVD) and Homevision Cinema (DVD). See more »

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References Io sono la Primula Rossa (1955) See more »

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The "grandest finale" ever
17 September 2003 | by giannispalavosSee all my reviews

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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