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La Strada is a wretchedly sad film about a girl who is sold to a cruel man. The two ongoing characters are very different and powerful. Gelsomina is young, a bit confused, and sad. She rarely talks and barely eats. Her emotions are mainly depressing throughout the film. Zampano is a cruel, mean man. Very controling and strict. But when their personalities are mixed together, it only brings pain and suffering to Gelsomina, who learns that working with Zampano will bring her emotional and psychical abuse. Federico Fellini created a masterpiece. The acting is incredible and story line is believable. The ending is powerful and sad. A film that everyone should see!
- Dashiell Barnes
The first Best Foreign Language film winner for Fellini. Quinn & Masina give powerful & touching performances, Basehart's work is also impressive. Fellini allows the characters to be guided by their emotional desires, whose tragedies work with Nina Rota's score. A perfectly-made, complex drama. I give it a 4.5/5.
Great movie with caveat
- Jan Pickett
I first saw this move around 1960. Thought it was fantastic. I've seen it since and didn't like it as much. Reason? Well the version I first saw was dubbed in English. The voices of Quinn and Basehart were used. They both have wonderful distinctive voices. I find watching the version with other voices dubbed for them to be extremely distracting and along with subtitles it loses my interest. Too bad because the first version I saw is one of the finest movies ever.
Haunting, beautiful, perfect. The violin song stayed with me for days after seeing this one.
La Strada (1954)
- James Higgins
La Strada is a brilliant film. Giulietta Masina's performance is mesmerizing and haunting. She is amazing. She's happy, sad, simple and yet very complicated, almost Chaplinesque. She makes the film work, I just could not imagine anyone else in that role. It's a basic tale, but done with such poignancy. It's unusual, revolutionary in it's time, unforgettable. Federico Fellini has done a magnificent job.
Asking the Unanswerables
This movie, better than any I can recall, asks the unanswerables: Why do we love? Why do we stay? Why do we hate? Why do we exist? Why do we endure? Why do we need? What does it all mean? Why can't we express? It's all there, painted with simple brilliance on a very early Fellini canvas. And, like any great work of art, it is so easy to "get," on so many levels, and it will resonate for years to come, once you have seen it.
Fellini's Oscar winning film about a peasant (Gelsomina) who gets sold to a traveling circus performer (Zampano) is heart rendering and brilliant at the same time. Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn give superior performances as the awkward couple. This is my second favorite Fellini film, after Nights of Cabiria.