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Director:
Writers:
Federico Fellini (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:
Gelsomina and Zampano See more (112 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Quinn ... Zampanò

Giulietta Masina ... Gelsomina

Richard Basehart ... The Fool
Aldo Silvani ... Giraffa
Marcella Rovere ... Widow
Livia Venturini ... Nun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pietro Ceccarelli ... Bartender (uncredited)
Giovanna Galli ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Gustavo Giorgi ... (uncredited)
Yami Kamadeva ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Mario Passante ... Waiter (uncredited)
Anna Primula ... Gelsomina's Mother (uncredited)
Goffredo Unger ... Man Restraining Zampano from Attacking (uncredited)
Nazzareno Zamperla ... Man Restraining Zampano from Attacking (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)
Nino Bonanni .... voice dubbing: Pietro Ceccarelli (uncredited)
Alfredo Censi .... voice dubbing: Mario Passante (uncredited)
Marina Dolfin .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Franca Dominici .... voice dubbing: Anna Primula (uncredited)
Arnoldo Foà .... voice dubbing: Anthony Quinn (uncredited)
Cesare Polacco .... voice dubbing: Aldo Silvani (uncredited)
Stefano Sibaldi .... voice dubbing: Richard Basehart (uncredited)
Giotto Tempestini .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
 
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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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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

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Trivia:
Won the first ever Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Zampanò meets the Fool while he is repairing a flat tire on his car, the left front wheel is removed and the car is jacked. Right after the altercation, when Zampanò pushes the Fool's car, the wheel rim is back and not jacked anymore.See more »
Quotes:
Zampanò:[reciting his act by rote before a crowd] Here we have a piece of chain that is a quarter of an inch thick. It is made of crude iron, stronger than steel. With the simple expansion of my pectoral muscles, or chest, that is, I'll break the hook.
[collecting money from the crowd]
Zampanò:Thank you, thank you. Now, to do this feat, I must fill myself up like a tire. If a blood vessel should break, I would spit blood. For instance, in Milan a man weighing 240 pounds lost his eyesight doing this trick. That is because the optical nerves take a beating, and once you lose your eyes, you are finished. If there's any delicate person in the audience, I would advise him to look away 'cause there could be blood.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Alex in Wonderland (1970)See more »
Soundtrack:
ZampanoSee more »

FAQ

Why does the Fool die after only a few punches from Zampanò?
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80 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
Gelsomina and Zampano, 8 December 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

"La Strada" established Federico Fellini as one of the best Italian directors of his generation. Working with his usual collaborator, Tulio Pinelli, the master created a human story that is still, as fresh today, as when it opened. The fantastic musical score by Nino Rota gives the film an elegance that transcend the poor background of the people one sees in the movie. Also, the crisp black and white photography by Otelo Martelli enhances our enjoyment.

This could be considered Fellini's first masterpiece. His previous work was, of course, excellent, but with "La Strada", he proved he had an amazing understanding of the characters he presents to us. It is almost as though, he had known these people all his life and just decided to incorporate them in a movie. This is a film that showed an Italy that had suffered a defeat during WWII. Italy was struggling to heal itself from the horrible times it had lived during the conflict and what the director and his collaborators show us is an impoverished country trying to cope with the new reality. La Strada" is a film about the suffering and hard times the citizens had gone through, but also shows hope in an uncertain future.

Zampano, the brutish street performer, was a man that showed no redeeming qualities. He returned to the beach shack where Rosa's mother and siblings live to tell them about her death. Watching the young and innocent Gelsomina, he figures he has found a substitute for the act. Zampano is a misogynistic man who only cares about his pleasure, not paying any attention to the needs of the young woman who is not street wise.

The film, in a way, is Fellini's type of 'road movie' because we are taken along the byways of the country, before the construction of the super highways, to witness Zampano as he practices his trade from town to town. Gelsomina soon catches on, and in her heart she believes Zampano is, in his own way, the man for her. Unfortunately, Zampano leaves Gelsomina whenever a new woman strikes his fancy. He uses Gelsomina as a slave.

When they meet Il Matto, the good natured tight wire artist, Zampano notices how Gelsomina responds to this kind soul. Il Matto, in spite of what he feels about Zampano, advises Gelsomina to stay with him. A fatal judgment it proves to be. Tragedy arrives when Zampano and Gelsomina run into Il Matto on the road. This incident unravels Zampano as he begins a spiral descent into hell because his conscience doesn't let him have peace, and in turn, Gelsomina, makes sure to let him know she knows the immensity of what he has done.

Zampano in abandoning Gelsomina thinks he has solved all his problems, but a few years later he comes across a young woman who is humming the song that Gelsomina used to sing. In fact, we learn what happened to the sweet girl, and we are shocked and saddened. Zampano, who seems to be a man without any feeling, upon learning this walks away, but his guilt gets the best of him and we watch him as he breaks down as the film comes to an end.

Anthony Quinn had one of the best moments of his long and distinguished career with Zampano. His understanding of this cruel man makes the film work the way it does. Mr. Quinn's interpretation of the street performer is real and we can see what kind of man he really is. Our perception of this man, who has led us to believe he has a heart of stone changes at the end when we see his breakdown.

Giulietta Masina is perfect as Gelsomina. This actress, married to Mr. Fellini, had an uncanny way of transforming herself into the young and naive woman and makes her come alive. Gelsomina personifies all the best qualities any person could aspire to have. It comes naturally for her to be good; Gelsomina doesn't have malice and is a grown up child in many ways.

Richard Basehart has some good moments in the film as Il Matto. In fact, Fellini elicited a great performance from this actor, who took a big gamble accepting the challenge that his character demanded from him. Mr. Basehart proved he was an extraordinary actor and it shows in this film.

"La Strada" is a film that will live forever thanks to the man who had the vision to bring it to the screen: Federico Fellini!

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