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
Very early on in the filming process, Giulietta Masina suffered a severe ankle sprain. This was potentially quite a serious setback since the film's financial backing was tenuous and producers had initially objected to Masina's casting. The injury stalled production for several weeks and led to a scheduling conflict for Anthony Quinn who had signed on to play the title role in Attila (1954). In an exceptionally gracious move, Quinn offered to continue working on this film to spare the production any further setbacks. He endured a grueling schedule, working for this film in the mornings and filming Attila during the evenings. See more »
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 »
Why don't you remarry?
What? Another husband? I'm the only one who gives orders around here.
Is that all a husband is good for? Giving orders?
Think I'm not made of flesh and blood? Everybody likes sweets after a good meal.
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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 »
I saw this film in 1954 and every Fellini film since. Basehart and Quinn under Fellini's skillful direction add a chemistry to Masina's portrayal of innocence that is incredible. I would argue this is Fellini's best film. Everything works. It is so full of little things, from the farm folk hired as extras to the rubber boots worn by Quinn striding into the ring to do his corny strongman act. Fellini nearly drove Masina crazy during the filming-- he wouldn't let her bath or wash her hair for weeks on end-- but, the end result speaks for itself. There are some excellent comments on this film elsewhere in this section. I suggest you read them. I can only say, this is one of the great films.
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