The White Sheik

  • Dir: Federico Fellini

  • Italy, 1952, 87 minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Alberto Sordi, Leopoldo Trieste, Brunella Bovo, Giulietta Masina

This satirical comedy launches the maestro’s solo directorial venture and introduces his collision of fantasy and reality that carves his signature cinematic landscape. A pair of provincial newlyweds who arrive in Rome for honeymoon find themselves caught in romantic misadventure and embarrassment when the naïve young bride sets out to meet her heartthrob, The White Sheik, star of a “fumetti” photo-comic strip. The little story about delusion and humiliation written by Michelangelo Antonioni is embellished with Fellini’s humor and empathy – and a glimpse of Giulietta Masina as the prostitute Cabiria.

Venice Film Festival: In Competition

Federico Fellini 100 is part of the Federico Fellini 100 Tour, a series of centennial tributes to Federico Fellini (1920–1993), which will travel to major museums and film institutions worldwide, coordinated by Paola Ruggiero and Camilla Cormanni from Luce Cinecittà. All films (unless noted) have been digitally restored by Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna and Cine teca Nazionale.


In-theatre Screening


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