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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Did You Know?
was working on a film with Giulietta Masina
when she introduced him to her husband, Federico Fellini
. Fellini was immediately convinced that the American actor would make the perfect Zampano the strongman in his new film, which was to become (La Strada
(1954), and implored him to accept the role. The nonplussed actor, who had no idea who Fellini was, initially turned him down, but Fellini was persistent, pestering him for days about the project. Shortly thereafter, Quinn spent the evening with Ingrid Bergman
and her husband, director Roberto Rossellini
. After dinner, the three watched Fellini's most recent film, the comedy-drama (I Vitelloni
(1953), and Quinn realized with astonishment that the crazy Italian filmmaker who had been hounding him for days was a genius. See more
In the last scene, despite being on the beach at night with no lights about, Zampanò casts shadows in three different directions. See more
The Fool is hurt.
Referenced in Gremlins 2: The New Batch
You and You Alone
Music by Nino Rota
and Michele Galdieri
Published by Leeds See more