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Directed by Federico Fellini

Italy 1952 86 mins.

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.