Lo sceicco bianco (The White Sheik)
Lo sceicco bianco (The White Sheik) (1952)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 25, 1952
DVD Release Date: April 29, 2003
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A funny, sardonic, and clever satire on popular heroes and ordinary people's illusions.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Clever lighthearted spoof on movie stars.

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Marcy Dermansky

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Fellini's most purely pleasurable movie.

Fernando F. Croce

Warm Flaubertian satire

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Fellini would make much better films but this isn't a bad debut.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

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.

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Carlos Magalh„es
Fellini's first solo effort is this lovely gem that already showcased his talent for combining a neorealist structure with delightful touches of farce and… More
danny d
a fun and adventurous little charmer from fellini. a unique story with a perfect running time for quick entertainment, the film struck me as a solid portrayal… More
Bruce Bruce
From Th Criterion Collection, Spine Number 189. THE WHITE SHEIK is a low-budget film set in early 1950s Rome. It concerns a newly-wed couple Ivan (Leopoldo… More
Eric Broome
This light comedy from the young Federico Fellini easily surpassed my expectations. Fellini disciples will enjoy the show-business elements and Nino Rota's… More
Kevin M. Williams
Fellini has such a reputation that it might be difficult to even consider watching his work: "maybe I won't understand it ..." Well there's… More
Isaac H
A rather straightforward comedy by Fellini standards, but one bolstered by expressive performances and with no shortage of thematic depth.