Tolfa Short Film Festival

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Allumiere: 27 August, 22:00 - Film Screening Lo Sceicco Bianco (The White Sheik) directed by Federico Fellini, Restored Edition


Directed by Federico Fellini

Cast:  Alberto Sordi, Brunella Bovo, Leopoldo Trieste, Giulietta Masina, Ernesto Almirante

Country: Italy

Year: 1952

Running time: 86 minutes

Restoration by Cineteca di Bologna in association with RTI-Mediaset and Infinity,  made at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.  

Presented at 76th Venice International Film Festival - Venice Classics




Two young newlyweds from a provincial town, Wanda and Ivan Cavalli arrive in Rome for their honeymoon. Wanda is obsessed with the "White Sheik", the Rudolph Valentino-like hero of a soap opera photo strip and sneaks off to find him, leaving her conventional, petit bourgeois husband in hysterics as he tries to hide his wife's disappearance from his strait-laced relatives who are waiting to go with them to visit the Pope.


"For the screenplay I referred to the stories I had written for 'Marc'Aurelio' in which my thoughts were reflected on the merciless nature of love stories, on youthful love that confronts bittersweet reality, on the honeymoon who goes rancid, on the disappointments of the early days of marriage and on the impossibility of being able to keep the initial romantic dreams "(Federico Fellini)