NIGHTS OF CABIRIA
NEW 4K RESTORATION
Academy Award® winner, Best Foreign Language Film
Director Federico Fellini
Cast Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi
Screenplay Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Pier Paolo Pasolini
Cinematography Aldo Tonti
1957 | Italy, France | New 4K DCP | Approx. 127 min. | In Italian with English subtitles
Streetwalker “Cabiria,” a seemingly tough cookie, is hypnotized at a bottom-of-the-barrel variety show by a third-rate magician, and what pours out … the innocent dreams of adolescence. Fellini’s showcase role for wife Giulietta Masina—inspired by her character’s brief appearance in his solo debut feature The White Sheik—is structured as a series of episodes (“each apparent irrelevance falls into place” – Pauline Kael): robbed of her purse and dumped into the river by a boyfriend, she responds with earthy scorn (the authentic Roman epithets courtesy Pier Paolo Pasolini) by throwing his things into a bonfire; a famous movie star (played by actual Italian screen heartthrob Amedeo Nazzari) takes Masina off to his luxurious villa; her encounter with a man with a sack, who delivers good to the homeless (a 7-minute scene cut by producer Dino de Laurentiis and not seen until it was put back by Rialto Pictures in 1998); a tear-drenched pilgrimage to a religious shrine undertaken with the hookers, pimps, and cripples that make up her world; and her romance with an understanding accountant (French star François Périer, the club owner in Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge) — but there’s a final devastating disillusion, followed by a resurgence that may be the most mysteriously magical shot in all of Fellini’s work. Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Film.
4K restoration by TF1 Studio in partnership with Studiocanal and with the support of the CNC. Restored at L’immagine Ritrovata Laboratory, Bologna.
A RIALTO PICTURES RELEASE.
“A CINEMATIC MASTERPIECE.”
– The New York Times
“FELLINI’S FINEST FILM… Masina earns the praise she received for La Strada.”
– Pauline Kael