The White Sheik

The White Sheik

Director: Federico Fellini Cast: Brunella Bovo, Alberto Sordi, Leopoldo Trieste

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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).

Product Details

Release Date: 01/04/2005
UPC: 8057092340233
Original Release: 1952
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 76,844

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brunella Bovo Wanda
Alberto Sordi Fernando Rivoli
Leopoldo Trieste Ivan Cavalli
Giulietta Masina Cabiria
Lilia Landi Felga
Ernesto Almirante Director of "White Sheik" Strip
Antoni Acqua Actor
Mimo Billi Actor
Ettore Maria Margadonna Ivan's Uncle
Ugo Attanasio Actor
Carlo Mazzone Actor
Enzo Maggio Hotel Concierge
Fanny Marchio Marilena Vellardi
Gina Mascetti "White Sheik's" Wife
Jole Silvani Actor

Technical Credits
Federico Fellini Director,Screenwriter
Michelangelo Antonioni Screenwriter
Ennio Flaiano Screenwriter
Tullio Pinelli Screenwriter
Nino Rota Score Composer
Luigi Rovere Producer

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