Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria)
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Nights of Cabiria opens with Cabiria (Giulietta Masina) and her boyfriend playfully embracing by the seaside -- and then he shoves her into the water and steals her purse. Cabiria is revived by some local boys and runs off by herself, shouting. What follows is a series of similarly humiliating episodes, in which the defiantly positive prostitute Cabiria is hurt, but never broken. She gets picked up by movie star Alberto Lazzati (Amedeo Nazzari, doing a self-parody) and taken to his palatial estate. However, his mistress shows up and Cabiria gets locked in the bathroom all night with the dog.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In 1957, Fellini was still as indebted to neo-realism as to surrealism, and this melancholy tale of a prostitute working the outskirts of Rome is notable for its straightforward depiction of destitution."
‑ , Time Out
"Through [Masina's] unforgettable performance, Cabiria will endure as long as anyone cares to watch transcendence projected on a screen."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"One of Fellini's most effective films -- probably the best of his neo-realist dramas."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Giulietta Masina's finest hour, and perhaps husband Federico Fellini's as well."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"What makes the character so poignant is that her final fortification is not her street wisdom -- that's all surface -- but her innocence. Her ultimate protection is our sympathy for her."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"The gift of Cabiria's essence, freed from the determinism of stories, is to return us to our own."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"An overlooked masterpiece from Fellini."
‑ , Film4
"Straightforward depiction of a lonely woman's desperate plight and inability to deal with evil and conniving men."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Nights of Cabiria is a heartbreaking foray into the breezy Roma evenings, a tragic portrayal of empty hopes, frustration, and shattered pride."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Even in the mutilated version of the film, Masina shone and sparkled in her shabby role."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Masina is immensely touching, through an extraordinary range of emotions."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"Fellini's masterpiece, which won the Foreign-Language Oscar, features Giulietta Masina (Fellini's wife) in her most heart-breaking performances, playing a naive prostitute who endures an endless series of devastating misfortunes with her soul intact."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of Fellini's finest."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Ingênua, romântica e sempre esperançosa, Cabíria é a personagem definitiva de Giulietta Masina e também uma das mais marcantes da filmografia de Fellini, que constrói um filme comovente e incrivelmente revelador sobre a força da natureza humana."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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