Simple and servile, Gelsomina, is purchased from her impoverished mother by brutish circus strongman Zampanò. She loyally endures her husband’s abuse as they travel the Italian countryside performing together. When Zampanò encounters an old rival, his fury is provoked to its breaking point.
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la vérité et la lumière de la vie la peine et la souffrance de la vie la misère et l'injustice de la vie la beauté tout court par Frederico, maestro absolu du cinéma. Les émotions que vous nous avez données sont inoubliables comme celles de Charlot. Clown et amoureux des clowns réunis par le génie.
L'éclairagiste n'avait pas besoin de lumière pour ce filme, Gelsomina irradie le film de tout son talent. Film magique, émouvant. Ce n'est plus un film, c'est un cinéma venant d'ailleurs, qui vous prend, vous transporte vers le monde magique, vous enserre les tripes. MERCI M. FELLINI.
This is one of the cruelest and most beautiful pictures ever. Difering from his fellow cinematic mates that said that god is dead, Fellini still believes that god is alive: he sees him in music, in confusion, in the joie de vivre or in life itself.
It really doesn't come to its own until the 2nd third with the introduction of the fool. Prior to that, it lays the ground work for the relationship between Gelsomina and Zanpano but never develops it. Once all 3 players in this trinity are on the board, it becomes an unexpectedly violent affair as the 2 fools respectively tempt and salvage Zanpano's fate.
This may well be Fellini's most emotional and tender work and is a film that seems to only get better with age. Has there ever been a portrait of machismo greater than Quinn's turn here? Giulietta Masina gives a classic performance as Gelsomina, the young girl sold to a travelling 'performer' to be his assistant, who has to come to terms with her fate and loveless life. The film is essential cinema.