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The White Sheik (Criterion Collection) (1952)

Cast: Brunella Bovo, Brunella Bovo, Alberto Sordi, more...
Director: Federico Fellini, Federico Fellini
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Classics, Foreign, Italy, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 86 min.
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English
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The White Sheik (Lo Sceicco Bianco), Fellini's first solo flight as director, is a gentle lampoon of the idolatry heaped upon movie stars. An impressionable young bride, Wanda (Brunella Bovo) accompanies her husband Ivan (Leopoldo Trieste) on a dull honeymoon, full of meetings with family members and the papal father. Bovo fantasizes over matinee idol Fernando Rivoli, AKA The White Sheik (Alberto Sordi), the hero of a photo strip comic. She repeatedly drifts away from her husband and back, in periodic attempts to find The Sheik, ultimately repairing to the location site where Sordi's latest film, The White Shiek, is in production. Her inevitable disillusionment with the vainglorious Sordi is intercut with her husband's comic (and desperate) attempts to explain his wife's absences at family gatherings to his disgruntled relatives. After a comically inept suicide attempt, Bovo and Trieste are reunited. Featured in the cast is Fellini's wife Giuletta Masina as a prostitute named Cabiria, who'd be given a vehicle of her own, Nights of Cabiria, in 1955. Based on "an idea" by Michelangelo Antonioni, The White Sheik was the main inspiration for Gene Wilder's The World's Greatest Lover (1977). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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2 for 1 day at bp HQ! by bakedpotato December 22, 2004 - 6:24 PM PST
3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Read this half of the review if you've recently had you're heart broken:
You're on top of the world. You just married the girl of your dreams. What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than by showing her off to your relatives and his holiest of holies, your good friend, the pope. You plan out every moment of your honeymoon so as to not squander one second of marital bliss. There's one thing you didn't plan for however, Lo Sceicco bianco. You feel like you've just been punched in the stomach. What does he have that you don't? What will your relatives say? More importantly, what will the pope think? If only she would come back to you, all would be forgiven and everything would be back to normal ... right?

Read this half of the review if you've recently broken someone's heart:
You need some excitement in your life. You just married your complete opposite and things are going nowhere fast. Lo Sceicco bianco to the rescue! You've never met him before, but you can tell by his pictures that he will be the one that finally understands the real you. If only that little voice in the back of your head would shut up. You already know the difference between fantasy and reality ... right? - 5 Leaves

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(Average 7.52)
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