Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: NIGHTS OF CABIRIA

Saturday, November 05, 2011

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Italy/1957–directed by Federico Fellini)

In one of the most heartbreakingly poignant performances in screen history, the indispensable Giulietta Masina plays Cabiria, the Roman street prostitute whose grasp on the value of continuing to live is tested to the breaking point. Fellini described the character of Cabiria as "fragile, tender and unfortunate; after all that has happened to her, and after the collapse of her naive dream of love, she still carries in her heart a touch of grace." Nights of Cabiria has long been recognized as a masterpiece, but happily, back in 1997, film archivists carefully and lovingly returned it to its original visual delicacy, and in addition restored seven minutes of critically important footage, never seen in America until that time. The result is a fuller and more complete narrative, making Cabiria's great final sequence – and in fact her entire journey – more powerfully moving than ever. Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film; Best Actress Award, Cannes Film Festival. In Italian with English subtitles. (110 min.)

"The peak of Fellini's art - a superb restoration!" –Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

"The missing link between City Lights and Stranger Than Paradise." –J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

"A cinematic masterpiece... a restored treasure." –Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Saturday, November 5 at 4:00 p.m.