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Film: Nights of Cabiria
A 1957 Federico Fellini film that deals with Cabiria, a hooker in the suburbs of Rome, and her weird experiences, including almost being drowned by a man, going to a progression, meeting a famous actor and wondering if she should change her ways. The problem is that she is a failry idealistic person against a very cynic world.


The film provides examples of:

  • Book Ends: The film starts and finishes with a man robbing Cabiria’s purse alongside a river. Also, both men contemplate on throwing her to the river; the first one does it..
  • Break the Cutie
  • Contrived Coincidence: Cabiria makes a fool of herself in a show courting with an imaginary man named Oscar. Then it turns out there was a man in the audience really named Oscar, who falls for her. What a coincidence! Although, of course, he probably was lying about his name.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Oscar proposes to Cabiria at the tenth date. She and her friend Wanda lampshade it. Deconstructed
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Underneath the tough exterior, she is a sweet woman who really cares about what happens to other people, and only wants to be happy.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Cabiria and Alberto Lazzari.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
  • Mood Whiplash: Throughout the movie. For instance, the movie starts with Cabiria and her lover goofing around near a river, looking like a heartwarming moment between two lovers, then he throws her to the river and steals her stuff.
  • No Antagonist: There's no antagonists per se, Cabiria is just an unlucky girl in a very cynic world.
  • One Head Taller: Cabiria is very short, so it tends to happen; especially when she meets the actor Alberto Lazzari.
  • The Pollyanna
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Amleto’s uncle tries to do this, failing spectacularly.

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The Night of the HunterRoger Ebert Great Movies ListNosferatu
Night of the DemonFilms of the 1950sNine Lives 1957
Night Train to MunichCreator/The Criterion CollectionNorth by Northwest

alternative title(s): Nights Of Cabiria
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