Federico Fellini

The White Sheik

The White Sheik

Ivan Cavalli (Leopoldo Trieste) brings his new wife Wanda (Brunella Bovo) to Rome on the least romantic honeymoon in history, a rigid schedule of family meetings and audiences with the Pope. But Wanda, dreaming of the dashing hero of a photo-strip cartoon, drifts off in search of the White Sheik, thus setting off a slapstick comedy worthy of Chaplin. The style and themes which made Federico Fellini world famous are already apparent in this charming comedy (his first solo directorial effort), featuring such long-time collaborators as his wife, actress Giulietta Masina, and composer Nino Rota.

Film Info

  • Federico Fellini
  • Italy
  • 1952
  • 86 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Italian
  • Spine #189

Special Features

  • New digital transfer
  • New video interviews with actors Brunella Bovo and Leopoldo Trieste, and Fellini friend Moraldo Rossi
  • Essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by Eva Wah

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Special Features

  • New digital transfer
  • New video interviews with actors Brunella Bovo and Leopoldo Trieste, and Fellini friend Moraldo Rossi
  • Essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by Eva Wah

The White Sheik
Cast
Alberto Sordi
Fernando Rivoli
Brunella Bovo
Wanda Cavalli
Leopoldo Trieste
Ivan Cavalli
Giulietta Masina
Cabiria
Credits
Director
Federico Fellini
Screenplay
Federico Fellini
Screenplay
Tullio Pinelli
with the collaboration of
Ennio Flaiano
From an idea by
Michelangelo Antonioni
Cinematography
Arturo Gallea
Editing
Rolando Benedetti
Music
Nino Rota

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Federico Fellini

Writer, Director

One of Italy’s great modern directors, Federico Fellini was a larger-than-life maestro who created an inimitable cinematic style combining surreal carnival with incisive social critique. While his most popular—and accessible—film, the darkly nostalgic childhood memoir Amarcord, is a great entryway into his oeuvre, , a collage of memories, dreams, and fantasies about a director’s artistic crisis, is perhaps his masterpiece. In his early career, Fellini was both a screenwriter for neorealist pioneer Roberto Rossellini and a newspaper caricaturist in postwar Rome, competing influences he would bring together with startling results. After such early works as I vitelloni, Fellini broke away from neorealism’s political strictures with the beloved La strada, and from there boldly explored his obsessions with the circus, societal decadence, spiritual redemption, and, most controversially, women, in such films as Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits, and And the Ship Sails On.