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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Zampanò
... Gelsomina
... The Fool
Aldo Silvani ... Giraffa
Marcella Rovere ... Widow
Livia Venturini ... Nun
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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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Pope Francis named La Strada as his favorite movie of all time. See more »

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The shadows of the building and the characters in the scene at the building in the mountains changes from shot to shot and are inconsistent. For example, initially the shadows are from the left of screen from the vehicle to the building. When Gelsomina climbs out of the vehicle, her shadow goes in the opposite direction. See more »

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The Fool: Maybe he loves you?
Gelsomina: Me?
The Fool: Why not? He is like dogs. A dog looks at you, wants to talk, and only barks.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Le contrôle de l'univers (1999) See more »

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Zampano
(1954) (uncredited)
Music by Nino Rota and Michele Galdieri
Published by Leeds
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To film as Bach is to music
17 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

La Strada brings two souls together to tell a story that ultimately displays humanity's finer aspects. The title gives a clue to the meaning of Fellini's masterpiece: The Way. The brute, Zampano, buys the urchin-like Gelsomina to be his traveling companion in his one-man carnival act. He is physically and emotionally cruel to her. Her longing to love and be loved, and her child-like, yet acute perception of life, and desire to live it, despite hardships, makes her the perfect complement to the selfish and despicable Zampano. Their unification affects each other. However, although Zampano's harshness adversely effects Gelsomina's life, it is her influence that will eventually, and more significantly, change him. This may sound like the familiar Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, but it is more than a love story. It is about love, but it isn't until the very end of the film that we realize it. More than love, it is about a man who gains insight and awareness because of love. It is his finale transformation that demonstrates both the frailty and vitality of the human condition. It overpoweringly suggests that the individual, no matter how depraved, is able to spiritually evolve.

Every frame and scene in this masterpiece has purpose and meaning.


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