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La Strada ()

La strada (original title)
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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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Zampanò
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Gelsomina
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The Fool
Aldo Silvani ...
Giraffa
Marcella Rovere ...
Widow
Livia Venturini ...
Nun
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Pietro Ceccarelli ...
Bartender (uncredited)
Giovanna Galli ...
Prostitute (uncredited)
Gustavo Giorgi ...
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Yami Kamadeva ...
Prostitute (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
Anna Primula ...
Gelsomina's Mother (uncredited)
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Man Restraining Zampano from Attacking (uncredited)
Nazzareno Zamperla ...
Man Restraining Zampano from Attacking (uncredited)

Directed by

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Federico Fellini

Written by

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Federico Fellini ... (story and screenplay) &
Tullio Pinelli ... (story and screenplay)
 
Tullio Pinelli ... (dialogue)
 
Ennio Flaiano ... (screenplay collaborator) (as Ennio Flajano)

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Dino De Laurentiis ... producer
Carlo Ponti ... producer

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Nino Rota ... (music by)

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Otello Martelli ... director of photography
Carlo Carlini ... (uncredited)

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Leo Catozzo ... film editor (as Leo Cattozzo)

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Lina Caterini ... assistant editor

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Mario Ravasco ... (uncredited)

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Enrico Cervelli ... (as E. Cervelli)
Brunello Rondi ... artistic art director

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Margherita Marinari ... (uncredited)

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Eligio Trani ... makeup artist (as E. Trani)
Dante Trani ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Angelo Cittadini ... production supervisor
Danilo Fallani ... production supervisor
Luigi Giacosi ... production supervisor
Giorgio Morra ... production supervisor

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Moraldo Rossi ... assistant director

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Paolo Nuzzi ... assistant art director
Tom Jung ... poster artist (uncredited) / poster designer (uncredited)

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R. Boggio ... sound
Aldo Calpini ... sound (as A. Calpini)

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Roberto Gerardi ... cameraman (as Roberto Girardi)
A. Piatti ... still photographer

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Franco Ferrara ... music conducted by

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Marcello Partini ... laboratories owner
Carol Riethof ... director: Trans Lux English language version (as Carol)
Peter Riethof ... director: Trans Lux English language version
Narciso Vicario ... production secretary (as Narciso Vicari)
Herman G. Weinberg ... title designer: English titles
Nino Bonanni ... voice dubbing: Pietro Ceccarelli (uncredited)
Alfredo Censi ... voice dubbing: Mario Passante (uncredited)
Marina Dolfin ... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Franca Dominici ... voice dubbing: Anna Primula (uncredited)
Arnoldo Foà ... voice dubbing: Anthony Quinn (uncredited)
Cesare Polacco ... voice dubbing: Aldo Silvani (uncredited)
Stefano Sibaldi ... voice dubbing: Richard Basehart (uncredited)
Giotto Tempestini ... voice dubbing (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines You've been hearing about a great picture called La Strada (The Road)...now it is here! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La Strada (World-wide, English title)
  • La Strada (United States)
  • The Road (United States)
  • La Strada (United Kingdom)
  • Das Lied der Straße (Germany)
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  • 108 min
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Trivia Anthony Quinn was working on a film with Giulietta Masina when she introduced him to her husband, Federico Fellini. Fellini was immediately convinced that the Mexican actor would make the perfect Zampano the strongman in his new film, which was to become (La Strada (1954), and implored him to accept the role. The nonplussed actor, who had no idea who Fellini was, initially turned him down, but Fellini was persistent, pestering him for days about the project. Shortly thereafter, Quinn spent the evening with Ingrid Bergman and her husband, director Roberto Rossellini. After dinner, the three watched Fellini's most recent film, the comedy-drama (I Vitelloni (1953), and Quinn realized with astonishment that the crazy Italian filmmaker who had been hounding him for days was a genius. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into La monnaie de l'absolu (1999). See more »
Soundtracks La Strada Love Theme See more »
Quotes The Fool: I am ignorant, but I read books. You won't believe it, everything is useful... this pebble for instance.
Gelsomina: Which one?
The Fool: Anyone. It is useful.
Gelsomina: What for?
The Fool: For... I don't know. If I knew I'd be the Almighty, who knows all. When you are born and when you die... Who knows? I don't know for what this pebble is useful but it must be useful. For if its useless, everything is useless. So are the stars!
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