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La Strada (1954)

La strada (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 16 July 1956 (USA)
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Director:

Federico Fellini

Writers:

Federico Fellini (story and screenplay), Tullio Pinelli (story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Quinn ... Zampanò
Giulietta Masina ... Gelsomina
Richard Basehart ... The Fool
Aldo Silvani Aldo Silvani ... Giraffa
Marcella Rovere Marcella Rovere ... Widow
Livia Venturini Livia Venturini ... Nun
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Storyline

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 garykmcd

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Venice Film Fesitval Grand Prize Winner See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Federico Fellini had an extraordinarily difficult time finding producers who were willing to back the film. Several of the producers who had previously financed Fellini's work felt that the script was promising but that the film would be unlikely to turn a profit. Other potential backers were turned off by Fellini's insistence that his wife, Giulietta Masina, should play the role of Gelsomina. Fellini began shooting the film before any financial backers had officially signed on. See more »

Goofs

The bonnet of The Fool's car is up as he repairs the tire and during the fight with Zampanò. When Zampanò pushes the car over the edge, it is closed. See more »

Quotes

Zampanò: Why don't you remarry?
Widow: What? Another husband? I'm the only one who gives orders around here.
Zampanò: Is that all a husband is good for? Giving orders?
Widow: Think I'm not made of flesh and blood? Everybody likes sweets after a good meal.
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Alternate Versions

The German theatrical version was cut by about 6 minutes to speed up the films pacing. DVD release also contains the Italian uncut version as a bonus feature. See more »

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Referenced in Buffalo '66 (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Zampano
(1954) (uncredited)
Music by Nino Rota and Michele Galdieri
Published by Leeds
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La Strada and Cecil B de Mille
1 April 2018 | by paulfairbanksusaSee all my reviews

Anthony Quinn who was Cecil B de Mille's son in law told the story of showing La Strada to his father in law. It seems that De Mille couldn't take it. He asked for the projection to be interrupted in more than one occasion. He was disturbed, confused. Maybe it was the simplicity, the total lack of artifice. Let's remember Fellini shot it in the immediate post-war Italy with no means whatsoever and here it was, a masterpiece changing the world of cinema pushing us to a reality that was as pungent as it was poetic. The heartbreaking story of Gelsomina - an extraordinary Giulietta Masina - and Zampano - a spectacular prime Anthony Quinn who plays his humanoid with shattering truth - went to become a global sensation and an Oscar winner. Apparently, after the film was over, Cecil B de Mille got up and left the room without saying a word.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

16 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Road See more »

Filming Locations:

Via Corinto, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,923
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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