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Federico Fellini’s La Strada made wife Guiletta Masina a star, but Nights of Cabiria made her an icon. In the title role, she takes that most thankless of roles—prostitute with a heart of gold—and imbues it with wit and pathos, as one man after another (Franco Fabrizi, Amedeo Nazzari, François Périer) abuses her hopeful heart. It’s hard to imagine the gamine Masina actually turning a trick, but her high-beam eyes and virtuoso physical performance sell every other step of her emotional journey, no problem.
1957 Federico Fellini. 1.33:1 B&W DCP 110 min. In Italian with English subtitles.