La Strada

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"Filmed in Italy - where it happened!"
  • NR
  • 1954
  • 1 hr 48 min
  • 8.0  (65,362)

La Strada is a classic Italian film from 1954 that was directed by Federico Fellini. The film follows the story of a young woman named Gelsomina, played by Giulietta Masina, who is sold by her mother to a traveling performer named Zampanò, played by Anthony Quinn. Zampanò is a strongman who travels around the country performing his act and picking up odd jobs along the way.

Gelsomina is a simple-minded girl who is meant to be Zampanò's assistant. She is treated poorly by Zampanò, who is abusive towards her and frequently yells at her for not understanding his instructions. Despite this, Gelsomina continues to try her best to please Zampanò and becomes devoted to him.

Along the way, they meet a clown named Il Matto, played by Richard Basehart, who becomes Gelsomina's only friend. Il Matto is a free spirit who encourages Gelsomina to break free from Zampanò's control and live life on her own terms. However, Zampanò becomes jealous of their friendship and their travels become increasingly tense.

The film is a beautiful and poignant exploration of the human condition, with themes of love, loyalty, and freedom. Despite the often bleak subject matter, there is a tenderness and a heart to the film that makes it deeply moving. The acting in La Strada is excellent, with standout performances by both Masina and Quinn.

Masina is particularly impressive as Gelsomina, bringing a childlike innocence and vulnerability to the role. She manages to convey a lot with very little dialogue, using her expressions and body language to communicate the character's emotions. Quinn, meanwhile, is excellent as the brutish Zampanò, managing to make him sympathetic despite his many faults.

The film's cinematography is also worth mentioning, with stunning black and white visuals that capture the beauty and the hardship of life on the road. The stark landscapes and poverty-ridden towns they visit serve as a striking backdrop to the characters' struggles.

Overall, La Strada is a timeless classic that has lost none of its power to move and captivate audiences. It is a masterpiece of Italian cinema and a must-see for anyone interested in exploring the human experience.

La Strada is a 1954 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 48 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.0.

La Strada
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    1 hr 48 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (65,362)