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Nights Of Cabiria (DVD)

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      11.05.2014 10:36
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      A prostitute's journey through Italy's social ladder

      An episodic film of prostitute Cabiria (Giulietta Masina) doing her nightly job in the hopes of earning enough money to buy her own house, and while so doing mingling with a cross-section of Italian society, from the richest of the rich to the poorest of the poor. Winner of the Foreign-Language Film Oscar for 1957, this film follows in very much the same kind of environment as the director's previous "La Strada" of neo-realism, but mixed with a fluidity of storytelling that makes the film softer around the edges, pointing its way to the style of his later films (particularly "La Dolce Vita"). Masina is brilliant and the director's habitual knack for seemingly effortless filmmaking help create a movie that is both interesting as it is entertaining? and ultimately tragic, yet with a glimmer of hope in the horizon. Highlights include Cabiria being invited by a famous movie actor (Amedeo Nazzari) to come to his house after he has a row with his girlfriend, only for said girlfriend to return before they can get to bed; a scene where a mysterious man delivers blankets and food to homeless people, an embarrassment for Italian officials at the time, which resulted in the sequence being censored until it was restored in 1998; and a scene where Cabiria gets hypnotised to tell what she most wants out of life. In some ways, this film may affect people today even more than when it originally released, and is now universally considered a masterpiece. Beautiful black-and-white photography by Aldo Tonti, and co-written by Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, and an uncredited Pier Paolo Pasolini, who helped the director with facets of the more unsavoury sides of Italy. (c) berlioz, 2014

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