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Nights of Cabiria Movie Review Summary

Actors: Giulietta Masina, Francois Perier, Amedeo Nazzari, Aldo Silvani, Franca Marzi

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Cabiria is a prostitute who wears a tough translucent exterior but nevertheless looks for meaning through romantic love. Though she has deflating experiences like being pushed into the Tiber River, and being led-on and used by an actor, she repeatedly opens her heart to the hope of finding stability and love.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Bellos




Cabiria is a petite, waif-like streetwalker in Rome not long after the Second World War. Born to lose, but never to give up, she is a gentle soul who manages to maintain a positive outlook through countless heartbreaking setbacks. (She's sort of a female counterpart of Chaplin's Tramp.) A movie star from the Via Veneto takes her home to his fancy apartment, then gets distracted by other things; a boyfriend steals 40,000 lire and nearly drowns her; she goes to a shrine to seek the help of the Blessed Virgin; and eventually she meets a kind accountant who has watched her act out her heart's desires while hypnotized on a stage. Will he turn out to be her knight in shining armor? Masina acts her lovely heart out in this very sweet, depressing 1957 classic co-written and directed by her husband Federico Fellini.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   prostitute Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   Italian Poverty story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   prostitute/concubine Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of dancing

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