Sad story of a waif, Gelsomina, who is sold by her mother to Zampano for 10,000 lire and a few kilos of food. Zampano is a traveling showman who exhibits feats of strength by breaking a chain wrapped around his chest. He performs in village squares and then passes the hat for whatever the normally small crowd is prepared to give. He teaches Gelsomina a drum roll as part of his introduction. He doesn't treat her well and when she tries to run away, he beats her. They eventually join a small traveling circus where they meet a tight-rope walker who convinces Gelsomina to question her choices. Written by
You've been hearing about a great picture called La Strada (The Road)...now it is here!
16 July 1956 (USA)
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(Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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In the last scene, despite being on the beach at night with no lights about, Zampanò casts shadows in three different directions. See more
I am ignorant, but I read books. You won't believe it, everything is useful... this pebble for instance.
Anyone. It is useful.
For... I don't know. If I knew I'd be the Almighty, who knows all. When you are born and when you die... Who knows? I don't know for what this pebble is useful but it must be useful. For if its useless, everything is useless. So are the stars!
Referenced in Sweet and Lowdown
You and You Alone
Music by Nino Rota
and Michele Galdieri
Published by Leeds See more