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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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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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Italian censorship visa # 11720 delivered on 7-4-1952. See more »

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Ivan Cavalli: I must say, I was taken aback when I didn't see you. I was telling my Uncle that you wanted to say hello to him.
Wanda Giardino Cavalli: But the porter called me to the elevator.
Ivan Cavalli: The porter! The porter! A woman shouldn't be alone in an elevator with a porter.
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Calling all Fellini Lovers
4 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

A classic Fellini comedy, with all the atmosphere of a carnival that fans expect. Brunella Bovo is lovely, naive, well-meaning, but lead astray by a philandering playboy. Meanwhile, her new husband seems doomed to appear utterly insane to his family who has come to Rome to meet his blushing bride--suddenly disappeared. Charming, funny, what's not to love? Oh, and Guilietta Masina arrives in her role as the kind and sensual Cabiria--icing on the cake! While certainly not the greatest Fellini film on record, it makes for pleasant viewing. Yes, the behavior of the characters is hardly exemplary, but then, would that be entertaining?


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