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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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Trivia

Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti originally wanted Silvana Mangano, Dino's wife, and Burt Lancaster as the leads. See more »

Goofs

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: 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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Referenced in The Seventh Seal (1957) See more »

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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 See 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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