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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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From the star, producer and director of "La Strada" 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

Won 1958 Oscar for Best Foreign Film by defeating Mother India (1957) by just 1 vote. 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

The 1998 re-release restores a scene, not included in the original release, showing a mysterious man delivering food and blankets to people living in holes. See more »

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Amazing Transformation
17 February 2002 | by ttbrowneSee all my reviews

I almost turned this film off. I'm so glad I stayed with it. It's one of the best films I've seen. Cabiria, the street prostitute, is not sympathetic. She's rough, vulgar, not very attractive, a showoff, loud, proud, inelegant. I just didn't feel anything for her character at the beginning. But Fellini must have been reading my mind. He purposefully played it that way to draw the viewer in.

The streets of Rome are unforgiving and harsh for a prostitute. There are those who sleep in caves and in the archways. Cabiria braggingly says, "I've got my own house...here's one girl who's never slept under the arches. Well, maybe once. Twice maybe." By the end of the film I was completely hooked by her charm, desire, and hope. For hope is what keeps Cabiria going. A great film.


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