La strada

La strada

DVD - 2003 | Italian
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Directed by Federico Fellini, the story of a fragile girl who falls in love with a brutal circus performer she was sold to by her mother.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Criterion : Janus Films, 2003.
Edition: DVD edizione.
ISBN: 9780780021976
Branch Call Number: FOREIGN 791.4362 STRADA
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (108 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 03, 2019

Most touching foreign film I have ever had the pleasure to watch. Anthony Quinn has the performance of his life time. A movie that should be put in a time capsule for future generations to see a masterpiece many generations later.

Aug 03, 2019

Watching it today, La Strada is almost instantly recognizable as a revolutionary progression in modern filmmaking. Its deceptively simple story (a simple, perhaps mentally handicapped, young lady is sold to a cruel travelling circus strongman by her mother) belies a depth of emotion and visual spectacle that is almost overwhelming to behold on the initial viewing. The innocent kindness of Gelsomina (played by director Federico Fellini's wife, Giulietta Masina) contrasts brilliantly with the cruel, brooding anti-hero Zampano (Anthony Quinn in a role that would have been a perfect fit for Marlon Brando in an American film of the same era). La Strada looks and feels like a Charlie Chaplin film from decades past, but the stark realism of the sets, the grittiness of Zampano, and the tragic nature of the story offer a predictive, pioneering look at the direction international filmmaking was about to take. Recommended for anyone interested in film history, technique, or just looking for a good, albeit sad, story.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Oct 08, 2017

Good , old movie - really for entertaining - no BSting, inventing "multiple layer consciousness etc" in it

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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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."

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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