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Genre: Drama

Duration: 110 Minutes

Nights of Cabiria – World Cinema Talk

World Cinema Masterworks Film Talk With Jeff Bender

Presented by the AGH Film Festival

Join The Westdale as we take a tour around the world to explore the finest films from international cinema. A combination of classic and contemporary, World Cinema at The Westdale will lead you on a winding journey through masterworks by acclaimed filmmakers and the stories they tell will broaden your movie-going horizons.

Come on an adventure around the world with us after the film! Through his film talks, Jeff will introduce us to the masterworks focusing on specific international film movements, spotlighting legendary filmmakers, and interviewing special guests. He will lead interactive discussions about the films and get us excited about where we are traveling next.

Joining us as a special guest is Frank Burke

Frank Burke is Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University (Canada). He has published five books on Federico Fellini, most notably, in 2020, Wiley Blackwell’s A Companion to Federico Fellini, edited with the late Marguerite Waller and with Marita Gubareva, and his own Fellini’s Films and Commercials: From Postwar to Postmodern (Intellect/U. of Chicago P.). He has provided the audio commentary, along with the late Peter Brunette, for the Criterion Collection release of Fellini’s Amarcord, as well as solo commentaries for Criterion’s Roma and Il bidone. All three are part of Criterion’s “Essential Fellini” box set released in November 2020.


In terms of non-Fellini publications, Prof. Burke edited Wiley Blackwell’s A Companion to Italian Cinema (2017) and has published on the Italian peplum, Dario Argento, Michelangelo Antonioni, Lina Wertmüller, Mario Camerini, Roberto Rossellini, William Friedkin, Sam Peckinpah, Michael Cimino, horror cinema, experimental cinema, and Canadian cinema.


Along with Amy Hough-Dugdale and Marita Gubareva, Burke is finalizing a special issue of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies on Tonino Guerra, screenwriter for Michelangelo Antonioni and Fellini, among others, as well as a noted literary and environmental artist. The issue will appear in the coming months.

The Film Talk is included with admission.

Nights of Cabiria – 1957 Italy
Directed by: Federico Fellini
Language: Italian with English subtitles

In master filmmaker Federico Fellini’s Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language film, Nights of Cabiria tells the story of a prostitute who, despite experiencing multiple hardships, continues to reach inside herself to find hope and the fortitude to keep fighting for a better life. In what can be described as a legendary role in the history of cinema, Giulietta Masina won the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival and left us a character who embodies, as critic Janet Maslin from The New York Times put it, “more grace and courage” …. “than there is in all the fire-breathing blockbusters Hollywood has to offer.”

The Film Talks will be recorded. By attending, you consent that your voice and/or likeness may be recorded.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or valid medical exemption) is required to attend an indoor event in Ontario beginning September 22, 2021. Patrons, guests, and rental customers 12 or older will be required to show accepted proof, alongside a valid government-issued photo ID. Guests 11 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult