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7 - 18 February 2020: Nights of Cabiria


Nights of Cabiria
Federico Fellini, 1956, 117 min
Italian with English subtitles

"In Nights of Cabiria, the prostitute who first comforted the hapless husband in Fellini's early film The White Sheik comes into her own, and holds her own though she is continually exploited, robbed, and physically abused by the very men she loves. Giulietta Masina in one of her finest performances turns a film about prostitutes, pimps and johns into an ironically radiant statement about the indestructibility of the human spirit. Cabiria is five feet of pure defense; her mantra is, "I have everything I need." Still, the temptation is always to love; Cabiria of the streets in her little fur coat in the rain, eleven years before Juliet of the spirits in her orange collar and matching gloves in the garden, lets down her guard and is literally hypnotized into desire. Nights of Cabiria shows how Fellini transformed the precepts of neorealism into a poetry of place – the dusty outpost where Cabiria lives, the slick highways she haunts at night. Like Augusto in Il Bidone, Cabiria will come in from the margins only to be cast out again." – BAMPFA

New 4K restoration for Fellini's centenary. Screening as part of our essential cinema series.

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