Giulietta Masina's finest hour, and perhaps husband Federico Fellini's as well. NIGHTS OF CABIRIA lacks the lyrical simplicity that made LA STRADA such a magical experience, but is an impressive enough display of Fellini's fascinating visual style to have warranted the Academy Award for
Best Foreign-Language Film. Set in a district on the outskirts of Rome, the film focuses on Cabiria (Masina), a near-perfect embodiment of the prostitute with a heart of gold. She's the type who understands misfortune to be part and parcel of life, but never loses faith in the value of life
itself. When misfortune does come her way, Cabiria shrugs it off and continues walking the st...