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Director:
Writers:
Federico Fellini (story) &
Tullio Pinelli (story) ...
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Release Date:
16 July 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You've been hearing about a great picture called La Strada (The Road)...now it is here!
Plot:
A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 10 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A beautiful insight ... Masina makes the film her own See more (110 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Quinn ... Zampanò

Giulietta Masina ... Gelsomina

Richard Basehart ... Il Matto - The Fool
Aldo Silvani ... Signor Giraffa
Marcella Rovere ... La Vedova
Livia Venturini ... La Suorina
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gustavo Giorgi ... (uncredited)
Yami Kamadeva ... (uncredited)
Mario Passante ... Waiter (uncredited)
Anna Primula ... (uncredited)
Goffredo Unger ... Man Restraining Zampano from Attacking Matto (uncredited)
Nazzareno Zamperla ... Man Restraining Zampano from Attacking Matto (uncredited)

Directed by
Federico Fellini 
 
Writing credits
Federico Fellini (story and screenplay) &
Tullio Pinelli (story and screenplay)

Tullio Pinelli (dialogue)

Ennio Flaiano (screenplay collaborator) (as Ennio Flajano)

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer
Carlo Ponti .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nino Rota (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Otello Martelli (director of photography)
Carlo Carlini (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Leo Cattozzo (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Mario Ravasco (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Enrico Cervelli  (as E. Cervelli)
Brunello Rondi (artistic art director)
 
Costume Design by
Margherita Marinari (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Eligio Trani .... makeup artist (as E. Trani)
Dante Trani .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Angelo Cittadini .... production supervisor
Danilo Fallani .... production supervisor
Luigi Giacosi .... production supervisor
Giorgio Morra .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Moraldo Rossi .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Paolo Nuzzi .... assistant art director
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
R. Boggio .... sound
Aldo Calpini .... sound (as A. Calpini)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto Gerardi .... cameraman (as Roberto Girardi)
A. Piatti .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Lina Caterini .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... music conducted by
 
Other crew
Marcello Partini .... laboratories owner
Carol Riethof .... director: Trans Lux English language version (as Carol)
Peter Riethof .... director: Trans Lux English language version
Narciso Vicario .... production secretary (as Narciso Vicari)
Herman G. Weinberg .... title designer: English titles (credited in English version)
Arnoldo Foà .... voice dubbing: Anthony Quinn (uncredited)
Cesare Polacco .... voice dubbing: Aldo Silvani (uncredited)
Stefano Sibaldi .... voice dubbing: Richard Basehart (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La strada" - Italy (original title)
"The Road" - USA (literal English title)
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Runtime:
108 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:G | Australia:M (alternate rating) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-10 (1986) | Finland:K-16 (1956) | Netherlands:6 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 | Norway:15 (1995) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Won the first ever Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Zampanò leaves the trumpet with Gelsomina, she is in shadow. But the next shot of her as he looks back, she is in full sun.See more »
Quotes:
The Fool:I am ignorant, but I read books. You won't believe it, everything is useful... this pebble for instance.
Gelsomina:Which one?
The Fool:Anyone. It is useful.
Gelsomina:What for?
The Fool: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!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Noah's Ark (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
ZampanoSee more »

FAQ

Why does the Fool die after only a few punches from Zampanò?
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35 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful insight ... Masina makes the film her own, 16 January 2005
Author: Matt Whittle (mattreviews) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

La Strada can sometimes come across as similar to the Hollywood films made in the 1950s, but for the most part, is a unique and beautiful story. It concerns a young woman, Gelsomina, being given to traveling "artist" Zampano by her poor mother in exchange for money. Zampano makes his money by traveling around Italy, putting on a strong-man show for crowds. Gelsomina has dreams of becoming an artist as well, and therefore was more than happy to go with Zampano, but Gelsomina quickly realises that Zampano is nothing more than a drunkard and a brute, with eating, sleeping and sex being the only things he cares for.

The character of Gelsomina, played by Giulietta Masina, is the highlight of the film. With a face like no other, it exudes a certain beauty but is also very odd, with a definite quirkiness to it …"like an artichoke". Masina is excellent as expressing emotions with nothing more than a look, and it is because of this that the film stands strong. The story itself is simple, but with Gelsomina being such a romantic at heart, she is constantly searching for love and an understanding of a world she doesn't know, being such a sheltered loner when living with her mother and four younger sisters.

Zampano, the traveling strong-man, follows the basic of human instincts, irrespective of their bearing on others, namely Gelsomina. Anthony Quinn gives the character a great ignorance, Zampano being, for the most part, oblivious to the impact his actions have, only wanting to be able to earn money to eat and drink wine, and sleep with women. It is not until Zampano and Gelsomina (Gelsomina having become Zampano's sidekick in his traveling show) take on a position as part of a circus in town, and Gelsomina meets an acrobat clown, credited in the film as Il Matto – The Fool. She falls for his happy and carefree nature, exampled when he teases Zampano whilst he is trying to do his show. Zampano soon despises the Fool, and becomes jealous of the friendship forming between Gelsomina and the clown. This is where Zampano begins to show real emotion, and although he doesn't deal with the situation in the most appropriate way, it is the beginning of his life experience that changes him forever.

The film is gorgeous, with some memorable characters, namely Gelsomina. It doesn't end on a happy note, but you are still left satisfied with the story told, especially the lesson taught to Zampano, although it was all too late for him, and it is not certain that he learned from the experience. Masina is an absolute delight to watch, holding you captive with her face alone, beaming with love. The film is not for those looking for Hollywood drama and action, but for anyone who knows how it feels to be confused and in need of understanding about life's ways.

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