If La Strada was Federico Fellini’s first truly Fellini-esque films, with all the bells and whistles most filmgoers associate with his films, then Nights of Cabiria is the first truly brilliant Fellini film. La Strada was interesting but ultimately rather dull. Nights of Cabiria however, simply sings. Its episodic structure combined with the beautiful cinematography and Giulietta Masina’s astonishingly honest performance creates a film that is simply bursting with all manner of hope and joy, sadness and sorrow. Few directors loved their characters as much as Fellini did, and few created films that combined such childlike innocence with such depressing hardship. A masterpiece in a career full of them.