Perhaps the most recognized name among directors in all of Italian cinema’s rich history, Federico Fellini (1920-1993) is still celebrated today for a filmography filled with memorable characters and a distinctive blending of fantasy with (often harsh) reality. In honor of the maestro’s centennial, the Cinematheque will present Fellini screenings throughout 2020, beginning this spring with new 4K restorations of two early triumphs, the jaunty comedy The White Sheik and the tragicomic Oscar-winner Nights of Cabiria. Both films feature the radiant Giulietta Masina (Fellini’s wife) as the eternally hopeful prostitute Cabiria.

  • Fri., Apr. 10 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

In his first feature as solo director, Fellini tells the story of young newlywed Wanda (Bovo), who, on her Honeymoon in Rome, slips away from her husband to meet her idol, the fumetti adventurer The White Sheik (Sordi). Fast-paced and funny, The White Sheik features major contributions from two of Fellini’s key collaborators: a jaunty score from Nino Rota and a brief, but memorable turn from Masina as a prostitute named Cabiria! “My favorite Fellini movie” (Orson Welles). A new 4K restoration from Rialto Pictures will be screened.

  • Fri., May. 1 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

The incomparable Masina is Cabiria, a somehow innocent prostitute who walks the sordid back streets of Rome in a series of funny and moving episodes. The expressive Masina becomes radiantly transcendent  as she overcomes her squalid surroundings. Rialto Pictures new 4K restoration of this Oscar winner restores Fellini’s ‘man with a sack’ sequence, long missing from US release prints.