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Nights of Cabiria
(Le notti di Cabiria)

Screening on Film
Directed by Federico Fellini.
With Giulietta Masina, Amadeo Nazzari, François Périer.
Italy, 1956, 35mm, black & white, 110 min.
Italian with English subtitles.

Fellini’s lively and imaginative exploration of the fantasy life of a good-natured Roman prostitute won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film and served as the inspiration for Broadway’s Sweet Charity. Pier Paolo Pasolini contributed local slang to the screenplay, and Giulietta Masina delivers one of her most remarkable performances in the title role. Cabiria, an indomitable fighter—a kind of Don Quixote—is always ready to tilt at windmills and possesses, in spite of all her troubles, an unconquerable belief in life and happiness.

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