Monday, August 4, 2008

Le Notti di Cabiria (Directed by Federico Fellini)

A Federico Fellini Film... What more is there to say?

This film is a timeless tale of a woman's elusive search for love. The woman, played by director Federico Fellini's wife Giulietta Masina, walks the streets of Rome as a prostitute. Unlike most depictions of prostitutes, this film is not sexually vulgar nor exploitive. In fact, Fellini depicts Cabiria as a kind hearted and ambitious woman who is quick to let everyone know that she owns her own home.

As one can imagine, a film about a prostitute will have her interacting with different men. However, this film takes it further and examines her expectations of herself and the men she ends up falling for. When viewing the film, one constantly asks why does she get herself in these situations. But for anyone who has ever been in love, it is clear. The old saying, "love is blind" is the theme of the movie. The most appealing aspect of the film is Fellini's ironic use of a prostitute in search of love as the main character. One who makes temporary love for a living but lives to find permanent love.

Nights of Cabiria is simply another great Fellini film. One of my personal favorites. The themes and situations presented in this film are some that anyone can relate to regardless of generation or occupation.

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