Lo sceicco bianco (The White Sheik)
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The White Sheik (Lo Sceicco Bianco), Fellini's first solo flight as director, is a gentle lampoon of the idolatry heaped upon movie stars. An impressionable young bride, Wanda (Brunella Bovo) accompanies her husband Ivan (Leopoldo Trieste) on a dull honeymoon, full of meetings with family members and the papal father. Bovo fantasizes over matinee idol Fernando Rivoli, AKA The White Sheik (Alberto Sordi), the hero of a photo strip comic. She repeatedly drifts away from her husband and back, in periodic attempts to find The Sheik, ultimately repairing to the location site where Sordi's… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A funny, sardonic, and clever satire on popular heroes and ordinary people's illusions."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Clever lighthearted spoof on movie stars."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Federico Fellini's first film, a charming caper that follows a pair of tormented honeymooners through their slapstick adventures in Rome, has put to rest my ungrounded fear of Fellini."
‑ Marcy Dermansky, About.com
"Such as in La Strada and Nights of Cabiria, in The White Sheik Fellini acknowledges his neo-realist foundation, and displays a capacity for fantasy."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Fellini's solo directing debut, a charming fable about a newlywed couple, shows themes and characters that will reappear in his future work, not to mention the significance of wife actress Masina."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Not one of Fellini's masterworks (and uncharacteristically farcical), but it is a must-see for those interested in the director's oeuvre and an entertaining piece on its own."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Fellini's most purely pleasurable movie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"a delightful comedy that demonstrates Fellini's talent of directing exaggerated actors in madcap scenarios"
‑ Matt Langdon, Filmcritic.com
"Warm Flaubertian satire"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Fellini would make much better films but this isn't a bad debut."
‑ , Film4
"Probably shouldn't be your first stop into the wonderfully weird world of Fellini, but his fans should absolutely find something to savour in this enjoyable little farce."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
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