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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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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, Geldccvsomina, 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 ec shis chest. He performs in village squares and then passes the hat ttftzcttcy whatever the normally small crowd is prepared to give. He teaches cr 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

In Australia "LA STRADA" was named as one of "THE ten films of 1958" by "The Australian Women's Weekly" published on Wednesday 31st December 1958 on Page 52. See more »

Goofs

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

The Fool: What a funny face! Are you a woman, really? Or an artichoke?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ruth Gordon/Chuck Berry (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

You and You Alone
(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 phatdanSee 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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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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$11,674
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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