Cabiria is an optimistic, romantic, poor young woman who lives off unscrupulous men. On one particularly despairing day, she goes to church to pray. She begs God for a miracle to change her life. Not long after this, she meets a seemingly earnest young man who is willing to marry her. She is at the height of happiness, and she believes she has been saved breaking from her lurid past. She takes all of her savings to follow him, but he vanishes with her money.
Won: Best Foreign Film, 1958 Academy Awards; Best Actress (Masina), OCIC Award, 1957 Cannes Film Festival; Best Production, Best Director, 1957 David di Donatello Awards
Through [Masina's] unforgettable performance, Cabiria will endure as long as anyone cares to watch transcendence projected on a screen.