FILM / Director's Cut: Giulietta Masina died on 23 March. Andrei Konchalovsky recalls her role in her husband Federico Fellini's Le notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria)

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IN Le notti di Cabiria, Giulietta Masina plays a hooker who realises the man she loves is trying to kill her. Her last illusion is shattered, and in the final scene you see her walking along the road after nearly being drowned. The sun is rising, children are playing, and she loves the kids, loves the sun. It's very cathartic. You see that in every end there is a beginning; it is an acceptance of life with all its injustice, and of an indifferent world through loving eyes. Man has only one real power, to say he is weak. Fellini shows this with tremendous artistic wisdom. He loves the people he makes films about; there are no bad people in them, not even the villains.

Andrei Konchalovsky's films include 'The Inner Circle',

'Runaway Train', 'Shy People', 'Maria's Lovers' and (as co-writer) 'Andrei Rublev'

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