Nights of Cabiria

Nights of Cabiria

DVD - 1999 | Italian
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A young prostitute who works in the streets of Rome is continually deceived by men who claim to love her.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c1999
Description: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780780022225
078002222X
Branch Call Number: DVD Nigh

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laurajo48
Feb 03, 2017

This is a wonderful film. I nearly didn’t watch it after reading the summary and comments. Giulietta Masina was even more impressive than in “La Strada.” It’s one of the saddest movies I’ve ever seen and worth every moment. It also has more joy and hope than I expected. Both my husband and I liked it. And he’s not so fond of Fellini.

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lindy919
Dec 19, 2016

Yet another nearly impossible film to watch from the most over-rated Italian director of all time. I thought the stereotype of Italian speech was a myth but for the first 30 minutes, and also later in the film, there is nothing but yelling and screeching at each other with hands and elbows waving all over the place. I quickly lost interest as everyone is quite unlikable. Its not that the film has aged badly, its just that its not a good movie.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

The world becomes a stage once more in Felini’s sad comedy about a waifish prostitute whose desire to be loved is both her greatest strength and her Achilles heel. Small and childlike but with a fierce determination and temper to match, Cabiria plies her nighttime trade along Rome’s less fashionable neighbourhoods where she finds a rough solace amongst the motley assortment of other streetwalkers. But, as revealed at the film’s opening in which the latest love of her life tries to drown her for a few lire, she is a sucker for a handsome face and a kind word. In fact it appears that every man she falls for has an ulterior motive up his sleeve (or a girlfriend in the wings) waiting to dash her hopes and test her emotional endurance one more time. Prayers to heaven fail to elicit a response and an encounter with a Vaudevillian devil only leads to humiliation—and worse… Like the story of Job, Fellini puts his diminutive protagonist through the grinder again and again as if testing her mettle, offering her a chance at happiness and then sweeping the rug out from under her at the last moment. And all the while a bevy of prostitutes, including one imposing figure whose chosen corner meaningfully resembles a roadside amphitheatre, provide a straggling Greek chorus offering Cabiria condemnation, praise, or tired indifference. As Cabiria, Giulietta Masina appears to reinvent and update the role of Gelsomina from La Strada giving us one of cinema’s most powerful performances in the process. Her pixieish beauty and malleable features render her lines superfluous as she alternately registers fury, heartbreak, and naïve joy with nothing more than a smirk and a toss of the head—her eyes seeming to carry the entire weight of the world. Finally, as if to drive home the theatrical elements of his film (and life itself), Federico tempers a decidedly downbeat ending with a bit of absurdist fancy as a makeshift carnival wends its way through a darkened forest. Only Fellini…

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piaMarissa
Feb 07, 2013

One of Fellini's best pictures. Film follows some of the ups and downs of a prostitute in Rome, treating her as just another human being facing desultory injustices, tragedies, and sometimes comedic moments, that make up life.

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AS1987
Jun 16, 2009

While the film's plot may seem scattered and, at times, irrelevant, Fellini places the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster.

A definite "must-watch" for anyone who is interested in Fellini's neorealist style of film making.

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