Nights of Cabiria (Le Notti di Cabiria)
Nights of Cabiria (Le Notti di Cabiria) (1957)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 28, 1957
DVD Release Date: September 7, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Through [Masina's] unforgettable performance, Cabiria will endure as long as anyone cares to watch transcendence projected on a screen.

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Fernando F. Croce

Fellini's sad and magical nocturne, a demimonde hopping to Nino Rota's nightclub mambo and Masina's wondrous way with silent-movie throbs

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

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.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The gift of Cabiria's essence, freed from the determinism of stories, is to return us to our own.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Fellini's most effective films -- probably the best of his neo-realist dramas.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Even in the mutilated version of the film, Masina shone and sparkled in her shabby role.

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

Masina is immensely touching, through an extraordinary range of emotions.

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An overlooked masterpiece from Fellini.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
gut wrenching innocence
Stefanie C
Carlos Magalhães
Giulietta Masina should be forever remembered for her flawless performance in this profoundly touching and devastating tragicomic masterpiece, making us root… More
danny d
there is no mountain top that fellini seems that he is trying to reach here, but the film works on so many other levels that it ends up being exceptional… More
Devon Bott
Giulietta Masina ("La strada") is absolutely devastating in her role as the titular Cabiria in "Nights of Cabiria" (and when I say… More
Ken Stachnik
My favorite Fellini. A picture of immense emotion and humor.