August 8th, 2012: Nights of Cabiria

Cast and Crew:  Federico Fellini (Director, Co-Writer); Pier Paolo Pasolini (Co-Writer)

What It’s About: Bitter sweet series of episodes in the life of Cabiria (Giuletta Masina), a Roman prostitute.

Why Watch it Today?: Italian mega-producer Dino De Laurentiis was born on this date in 1919.  Although De Laurentiis is most known by film fans for his later work focused on genre pictures, he producer his share of art-house classics, particularly in his early days.  Nights of Cabiria is one of these, winner of Best Picture in 1958.

Other Choices:  We covered the high-end of Dino’s filmography last year with La Strada, or you could go with Serpico, The White Buffalo, The Dead Zone or Flash Gordon.

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