IFF14: Nights of Cabiria (Le notti de Cabiria)


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Film Info
Original Title:Le notti de Cabiria
Program:Italian Film Festival
Release Year:1957
Runtime:117 min
Print Source:Rialto Pictures
Director:Federico Fellini
Producer:Dino De Laurentiis
Cinematographer:Aldo Tonti
Screenwriter:Federico Fellini
Ennio Flaiano
Tullio Pinelli
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Editor:Leo Catozzo
Composer:Nino Rota
Principal Cast:Giulietta Masina
François Périer
Amedeo Nazzari


About Nights of Cabria

Giulietta Masina won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her unforgettable portrayal of a far too trusting Prostitute in Rome. Directed by Federico Fellini, produced by Dino De Laurentiis, and written in collaboration with Pier Paolo Pasolini, Nights of Cabiria is considered Fellini’s finest film, and is described as a funny and heartbreaking masterpiece. The name Cabiria is borrowed from the 1914 Italian film Cabiria, while the character of Cabiria herself is taken from a brief scene in Fellini's earlier film, The White Sheik.

Giulietta Masina was Fellini’s wife, and it was her performance in that earlier film that inspired him to make Nights of Cabiria. However, no one in Italy was willing to finance a film which featured prostitutes as heroines, and it was Dino de Laurentiis to eventually agree to produced it. Fellini based some of the characters on a real prostitute whom he had met while filming Il Bidone, and for authenticity, he had Pier Paolo Pasolini, known for his familiarity with Rome's criminal underworld, help with the dialogues. 

Awards and Recognition:
Best Foreign Film (Academy Awards, 1957)
Grand Prize (Italian Critics' Awards, 1957)
Best Actress (Cannes Film Festival, 1957)
Best Supporting Actress (Italian Oscars, 1958)
Nastro D'Argento - Silver Ribbon (Italian Oscars, 1958)
Audience Favorite (Seattle Film Festival, 1998)


Federico Fellini (Rimini, 1920 – Rome 1993) is recognized as one of the greatest directors and most influential filmmakers of all time. Influenced early in his career by the Neorealist movement, he developed his own distinctive methods that superimposed dreamlike or hallucinatory imagery upon ordinary situations. In 1944 Fellini met director Roberto Rossellini and became one of a team of writers for Roma, città aperta (1945; Open City or Rome, Open City), a pioneer film of Neorealism, and his contribution to the screenplay earned him his first Oscar nomination. His best known films include La Strada (1954), Nights of Cabiria (1957), La Dolce Vita (1960),  (1963), Juliet of the Spirits (1965), the "Toby Dammit" segment of Spirits of the Dead (1968), Fellini Satyricon (1969), Roma (1972), Amarcord (1973), and Fellini's Casanova (1976).

Fellini was nominated for 16 Academy Awards over the course of his career, winning a total of four in the category of Best Foreign Language Film (the most for any director in the history of the award). He received an honorary award for Lifetime Achievement at the 65th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, and also won the Palme d'Or for La Dolce Vita in 1960, two times the Moscow International Film Festival in 1963 and 1987, and the Career Golden Lion at the 42nd Venice International Film Festival in 1985.


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Albert and Susan Colianni
Penelope Scialla


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Ann Burns
Astrid Garino and Massimo Costalonga
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