The White Sheik

Director: Federico Fellini
Year Released: 1952
Rating: 3.0

Fellini's first picture as a solo director (he shared the credit on Variety Lights) is based on a story by Michelangelo Antonioni about a young woman who leaves her drab husband on the day of their marriage/pilgrimage to the Vatican and searches for a model/actor known as The White Sheik. Despite being light and a little juvenile - got tired of looking at the jilted lover's dazed 'what happened?' stare - there are a lot of humorous moments, and the underlying theme of how one person reacts to her dream actually coming true is sad but true (also see Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo).