The White Sheik' DVD, Federico Fellini (1952), New & Sealed
The protagonist is a stuffy little bureaucrat from a small town arriving for his honeymoon in Rome with his very sheltered (only a bit more than himself) young bride. He has few romantic thoughts on his mind. His main concern is a meeting with his uncle, a minor official at the Vatican, who has arranged an audience with the Pope.
While the jerk is taking a nap, his bride plots a momentary escape to fulfill her one wild fantasy---A meeting with the 'White Sheik' a hero of the 'frumetti'---a sort of trashy photographic comic book popular in 50s Italy, to whom she has sent red hot fan mail. She learns that the studio is only a few blocks from the hotel and resolves to meet her secret love for just a minute and get back to the hotel in time. Through a comedy of errors she is accidentally 'abducted' to a shooting session where she learns to be careful about what she wishes for. Meanwhile, her husband is desperately searching for her and coming up with all sorts of artfully frantic excuses to his family for her absence. I won't describe the movie any further for the benefit of those who wish to see it.
A very effective comedy with plenty of innuendo for adults and good slapstick and sight gags for young and old. Loads of laughs for everyone. A very sweet story that nevertheless contains some of the surrealistic elements of Fellini's later work. If possible, get the subtitled version. The Italian language enhances the comical effect. A real gem.
Director: Federico Fellini
Writing credits: Michelangelo Antonion / Federico Fellini
Alberto Sordi .... Fernando Rivoli
Brunella Bovo .... Wanda Cavalli
Leopoldo Trieste .... Ivan Cavalli
Giulietta Masina .... Cabiria
Lilia Landi .... Felga
Ernesto Almirante .... Director of 'White Sheik' Strip
Fanny Marchio .... Marilena Vellardi
Gina Mascetti .... White Sheik's Wife
Enzo Maggio .... Hotel Concierge
Ettore Maria Margadonna .... Ivan's Uncle
Coding: All Region Code / NTSC format
Video: 4:3 Fullscreen
Audio: Dolby Digital / AC-3 / 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: Chinese / English / None (Removable)
Colour: Black & White