Italy, 1957, 118 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Federico Fellini, Unrated but not suitable for children, Italian with English subtitles, Rialto Pictures
"Through Masina's unforgettable performance, Nights of Cabiria will endure as long as anyone cares to watch transcendence projected on a screen." —Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
In the fifth of their immortal collaborations, Federico Fellini and the exquisitely expressive Giulietta Masina completed the creation of one of the most indelible characters in all of cinema: Cabiria, an irrepressible, fiercely independent sex worker who, as she moves through the sea of Rome’s humanity, through adversity and heartbreak, must rely on herself—and her own indomitable spirit—to stay standing. Winner of the best actress prize at Cannes for Masina and the 1958 Academy Award for best foreign-language film, Nights of Cabiria brought the early, neorealist-influenced phase of Fellini’s career to a transcendent close with its sublimely heartbreaking yet hopeful final image, which embodies, perhaps more than any other in the director’s body of work, the blend of the bitter and the sweet that define his vision of the world.
2020 marked the centennial of one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. Federico Fellini left an indelible mark in the industry starting with The White Sheik in 1952, ushering Alberto Sordi, Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni to international stardom and shaping the medium to be his own inimitable mindscape at Italy’s fabled Cinecittà studios. The celebration of this occasion was delayed but throughout 2021, Gables Cinema will once again bring you his newly restored classics as they were meant to be seen. Sit back and let the imaginative maestro enthrall you all year long.