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  • Cabiria grasps a chicken-wire fence, and looks hopefully upwards.
  • Cabiria stands next to a car, a neon sign reading
  • Cabiria walks in the street.
  • Cabiria poses with her hand on her hip and one arm raised, as though waving hello; two women leaning against a car look at her skeptically.

Federico Fellini's


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.



The New York Times

“FELLINI’S FINEST FILM… Masina earns the praise she received for La Strada.”
– Pauline Kael

Film Forum