La Strada

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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.


Studio Home Vision/Public Media
SKU 40230250
UPC 037429135426
UPC 14 00037429135426
Format DVD
Release Date 11/18/2003
Essential Cinema
Love Story
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
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
Uncut "Fellini's lyrical road movie from 1954....Whimsy and tragedy collide..." 08/01/2005 p.136
Federico Fellini
Anthony Quinn
Giulietta Masina
Cast & Crew
Aldo Silvani - Actor
Anthony Quinn - Actor
Giulietta Massina - Actor
Marcella Rovere - Actor
Richard Basehart - Actor
Otello Martelli - Cinematographer
Federico Fellini - Director
Leo Cattozzo - Editor
Nino Rota - Original Music By
Carlo Ponti - Producer
Dino De Laurentiis - Producer
Tullio Pinelli - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1954
Catalog ID 270
UPC 00037429135426
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language Italian
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English Dubbed, Italian
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1957) Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Nominee, Best Writing, Best Screenplay-Original
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Black & White, Mono Audio, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Fellini,Federico
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jamie Russell, BBCi Films A marvellous film.
TV Guide's Movie Guide One of the most powerful of Fellini's films.

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