The Great Italian Auteurs: Fellini, La Strada (1954) + Q&A


Theater 3 Wed, May 31 6:30 PM
Theater 3 Sun, Jun 4 4:00 PM


Director: Federico Fellini
Writer(s): Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Carlo Ponti
Cast: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani, Marcella Rovere, Livia Venturini

With this breakthrough film, Federico Fellini launched both himself and his wife and collaborator Giulietta Masina to international stardom, breaking with the neorealism of his early career in favor of a personal, poetic vision of life as a bittersweet carnival. The infinitely expressive Masina registers both childlike wonder and heartbreaking despair as Gelsomina, loyal companion to the traveling strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn, in a toweringly physical performance), whose callousness and brutality gradually wear down her gentle spirit. Winner of the very first Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, La strada possesses the purity and timeless resonance of a fable and remains one of cinema’s most exquisitely moving visions of humanity struggling to survive in the face of life’s cruelties.

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"The way La Strada moves within a consistent reality of its own creating, without fumbling or straining for effects, gives a suddenly new impression of what movie-making competence might look like." - Harper's Magazine