La Strada

La Strada

DVD - 1954
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A pathetic, impressionable little woman is sold to the strong man in a traveling side-show. She falls in love with him, but her love is not returned until it is too late.
Publisher: [S.l.] : BetaFilm, 1954.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) :,sd., b&w. ;,12 cm.

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Ron@Ottawa
Apr 26, 2019

This 1954, B/W film by Fellini is one of his more serious films, telling a tragic love story (kind of) between a simple country girl and a roaming circus performer. A young Anthony Quinn starred in this one, playing the unkind strongman who abused his "bought-for-10,000-lira young wife". It ends in tragedy and regret. Worth a look for art-house cinema fans.

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robsuka
Apr 18, 2019

no one cries like anthony quinn,see zorba

mko123 Feb 04, 2019

This Is must-see for serious film-buffs. An innocent woman/child is sold by her mother to a ruthless circus strongman. The girl represents unconditional love, but the strongman is inable to move beyond his macho persona, to his own peril. This reminds me of a Charlie Chaplin movie, but much darker.

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Maoisdead
Jul 10, 2018

One of the finest films ever made; `La Strada' is a magnificent feat in cinema. I have been a fan of Federico Fellini ever since seeing the magnificent `8 ½', but I must confess that `La Strada' is the best film I've seen from him and the one that will continue to shake me for years to come. A beautiful, yet tragic tale of love and ignorance, and love IN ignorance, `La Strada' is a priceless portrayal of ones inability to transcend their own ingrained survival instincts and embrace what is right in front of their face; love.

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1aa
Mar 20, 2018

A sad tragedy of a very poor strongman circus performer and the (presumably) retarded assistant that he takes on. The silly faces that the assistant puts on are either comical or revealing of a type of autism. The coarseness and poverty of the performing pair are surprising. The imagery is quite good; there is an overuse of flashbacks; and the development of the main character is clear and classic.

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richibi
Mar 10, 2018

one of the best films of all time, surely Fellini's supreme masterpiece, where everything falls into place, from the performers - Giulietta Masina channeling none other than Charlie Chaplin, and not missing a single inspired beat, Anthony Quinn growling with deeply rooted, however corrupted after centuries of its abuse, masculine privilege - to the cinematography, in stark and simple black and white, in order to visually isolate the twists and turns of the specific drama, right out of Walker Evans, I thought, the improperly forgotten, though most influential, photographer of the last century - and to the unforgettable music of Nino Rota to sear itself into your imagination no less than forever - an absolute must for film buffs, or anyone with the heart for a good, a great, story

Franln Oct 02, 2017

This is my first Fellini film. I enjoyed it and found it so intriguing that I watched it again with audio commentary. It's available dubbed in English too which is how I watched the last half of it & preferred it that way.

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SF_READER
Jul 18, 2017

Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards

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VonHafenstaaad
Apr 20, 2017

Federico Fellini had been making films for a few years, but with the 1954 release of La strada, the Italian director set himself on his way to becoming one of international cinema's household names. A delicate, immensely moving tale of love and loss between strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) and his silent long-suffering charge, Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), La strada introduced many viewers to two of the filmmaker's lasting passions the circus and Masina, his wife.

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Apr 01, 2017

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Monolith
Sep 07, 2012

Il Matto - The Fool (to Gelsomina): "What a funny face you have. Are you sure you're a woman? You look more like an artichoke."

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Monolith
Sep 07, 2012

Gelsomina: "Once all I thought about was going home. But I don't care so much anymore. Now I feel like my home is with you." Zampanò: "Oh yeah? What a discovery. And with all that poverty at your house to tempt you."

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