Unadorned, strikingly realistic and yet genuinely tender and compassionate.New York Times
Over sixty years since it won the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and launched both its director, Federico Fellini (8 1/2, La Dolce Vita) and lead actress, Giulietta Masina to international stardom, La Strada is returning to Tyneside Cinema in a new digital restoration.
In a story of true outsiders, Masina plays Gelsomina, a naïve young woman sold by her desperate mother to boorish strongman Zampanò (an immensely charismatic Anthony Quinn) to be both his wife and performance assistant as he tours central Italy.
Zampanò - a brute by trade and by nature - repeatedly abuses Gelsomina as she struggles to learn the ropes; meanwhile, she finds a kindred spirit in his rival the Fool (Richard Basehart). Soon all three find themselves part of the same travelling circus, but with tragic consequences.
Fellini drew on his own circus background for this marvellous landmark film that saw Fellini establish himself as a true artist, creating his signature style of mixing elements of biography with symbolism. Masina is also astonishing in the central role and what with the evocative Nino Rota score and Otello Martelli’s ravishing photography, it’s little wonder that La Strada is regarded as Fellni's finest work.
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