'Nights of Cabiria' (Italian: 'Le notti di Cabiria') (1957) is an Italian film directed by Federico Fellini.
Fellini's wife, Giulietta Masina, plays Cabiria Ceccarelli, a feisty but naive prostitute in Ostia, a meager Rome. Cabiria, the name, is borrowed from the Italian film 'Cabiria' of 1914, while the character of Cabiria is herself taken from a brief scene in Fellini's earlier film 'The White Sheik'.
The film follows Cabiria as she looks for love but encounters frequent heartbreak. Abused and exploited by almost everyone she meets, Cabiria eventually meets a man who promises a respectable future and falls lightning with him. What follows is a series of humiliating episodes, in which the positive challenge Cabiria is hurt, but never broken.