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Society and Spectacle

The White Sheik

Lo sceicco bianco

An effervescent comedy focusing on the fantasies of a newly-wed wife.

Image from The White Sheik

Italy 1952
Dir Federico Fellini
With Alberto Sordi, Leopoldo Trieste, Brunella Bovo, Giulietta Masina
Digital 4K
English subtitles
Certificate U

A favourite of the great Orson Welles, Fellini’s first solo picture provided an early role for prolific Italian comic actor Alberto Sordi (I Vitelloni) as the titular character, the star of a photo comic-strip magazine. Newly-wed Wanda (Bovo) is one of the Sheik’s biggest fans and, while on honeymoon in Rome with her husband Ivan (Trieste), she’s determined to track him down.

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