The White Sheik

Fellini’s first feature, an uproarious comedy skewering the popular notion of marital “bliss,” stars Brunella Bovo and Leopoldo Trieste as newlyweds in Rome with vastly differing agendas. While Ivan (Trieste) has a rigid schedule set (including a rendezvous with the Pope, of all people) Wanda (Bovo) is single-minded in her mission to meet the “White Sheik” (Alberto Sordi), the hero of a popular cartoon. While it’s clear that the couple couldn’t be more different, just how (and if) they will manage to hold their marriage together is the real question—played out here with a style and a smirk that’s all Fellini.

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Other Films by Federico Fellini

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Juliet of the Spirits

The female counterpoint to 8½, Fellini ventures deeply into the surreal as Juliet of the Spirits explores the repressed desires of a bourgeois housewife, played by Giulietta Masina who stars as a middle-aged woman haunted by hallucinations from her past and subconscious. While her husband philanders, she consults clairvoyants and mediums and escapes into a

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La Dolce Vita

Fellini’s emotional travelogue of the soul of modern Rome is a seductive meditation on what was truly meaningful (if anything) for the dusk-to-dawn Italian jet set of the era. Marcello Mastroianni was catapulted into superstar status in America as the sensitive (and Brioni-suited) tabloid reporter juggling the affections of several women (voluptuous movie star Anita