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The White Sheik Review


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The White Sheik is one of Federico Fellini's most overlooked films. When it came out in 1951, The White Sheik was a direct contrast to the Italian Neorealist films that were made at the same time. Where most Neorealist films dealt with the genuine struggles of lower class Italians, The White Sheik was a light comedy about a well-to-do couple involved in a somewhat trivial episode in their lives.

A recently married couple Ivan (Leopoldo Trieste) and Wendy (Brunella Bovo) come to Rome from a small village to take place in a ceremony with the Pope to legitimize their marriage vows. Ivan, a comically serious businessman, has a strict itinerary that they are supposed to follow over the next couple of days, but Wendy, an impulsive, wide-eyed small town woman, has other plans.

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