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La Strada (1954)

Director: Federico Fellini     Starring: Anthony Quinn Giulietta Masina
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40230250
UPC: 037429135426
UPC 14: 00037429135426
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There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La Strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampano (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampano encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La Strada, Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide.

"A marvellous film.  Jamie Russell, BBCi Films
"One of the most powerful of Fellini's films.  TV Guide's Movie Guide

Editor's Note
Zampano (Anthony Quinn), a performer in a traveling carnival outside of Rome, purchases the young, poor Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) to be his wife and assistant. Although she shows genuine enthusiasm as an assistant, putting on a fabulous clown act akin to Charlie Chaplin, nobody seems to appreciate her; she quietly endures a life of emotional coldness and cruelty. When she meets "The Fool," Ilmatto (Richard Basehart), a quicksilver trapeze artist who befriends her and offers her warmth, kindness, and an uplifting vision of the world, Gelsomina convinces herself that she and Zampano are in love. She is plunged into despair, however, after Zampano interferes in a jealous rage, precipitating a tragedy that will haunt him forever. Federico Fellini establishes a style and certain key themes in this film that he repeats as trademarks in subsequent films: the beach as a symbol of purity and release; haunting, soft female singing as a symbol of memory; examinations of Catholics and their religion as a cult behavior; and, above all, a chaotic, circus-oriented cyclical pattern that guides his films. The Oscar-winning LA STRADA is the perfect place from which to begin an exploration of Fellini's expertly crafted movies.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Black & White, Mono Audio, English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Home Vision/Public Media
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/18/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 108 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1954
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 270
Video UPC UPC: 00037429135426
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Italian
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English Dubbed, Italian
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Aldo Silvani
Video Cast Info Anthony Quinn
Video Cast Info Giulietta Massina
Video Cast Info Marcella Rovere
Video Cast Info Richard Basehart
Video Cast Info Otello Martelli - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Federico Fellini - Director
Video Cast Info Leo Cattozzo - Editor
Video Cast Info Nino Rota - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Carlo Ponti - Producer
Video Cast Info Dino De Laurentiis - Producer
Video Cast Info Tullio Pinelli - Screenplay
Plot Summary
LA STRADA is the spellbinding story of a young, simple waif, Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) who falls in love with a coarse circus strongman, Zampano (Anthony Quinn). This cinematic work of art reflects the brutal side of the human condition in a disturbingly clear fashion. Director Federico Fellini has created a film equivalent to poetry, its surreal circus sets transformed into bleak prisons, with Gelsomina's constant crying and misery. While LA STRADA is a deep and emotional film, it also contains some of the most lively and comic sequences in film history, making it a masterpiece that should not be overlooked.

|Zampano, a performer in a traveling carnival, purchases the poor, young Gelsomina to be his wife and assistant. She quietly endures a life of emotional coldness and cruelty; only Ilmatto, a quicksilver trapeze artist who befriends Gelsomina, offers her warmth and kindness. When Zampano, in a rage, accidentally kills Ilmatto, Gelsomina is plunged into despair, precipitating a tragedy that will haunt her husband forever.


Oscar (1957)
   Video Award Name Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Nominee, Best Writing, Best Screenplay-Original

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"...LA STRADA brought a kind of poetry to the screen that dazzled audiences at the time and still works today..." 01/14/1994 p.F4

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Like a painter with a few favorite themes, Fellini would rework these images until the end of his life....LA STRADA is the first film that can be called entirely 'Felliniesque'..." 04/01/1994 p.36

Entertainment Weekly
"...The entire cast is marvelous..." 11/21/2003 p.68

USA Today
"If you see just one film from director Federico Fellini's early period before 1963's 8 1/2, it ought to be this tearjerker." 11/28/2003 p.6E

"Fellini's lyrical road movie from 1954....Whimsy and tragedy collide..." 08/01/2005 p.136

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
Seeing the film again after several years, I found myself struck first of all by new ideas about the Fool. The film intends us to take him as a free and cheerful spirit (the embodiment of Mind, Pauline Kael tells us, with Zampano as Body and Gelsomina as Soul). But he has a mean, sarcastic streak I had not really registered before, and his taunting of the dim Zampano is sadistic. To some degree he is responsible for his own end. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Fellini,Federico
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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