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7,786 Ratings

La strada

Directed by Federico Fellini
Italy, 1954


Simple and servile, dreamy Gelsomina is purchased from her impoverished mother by brutish circus strongman Zampanò. As his assistant, she becomes an adept carnival performer, but has to loyally endure his cruelty and abuse as they travel the Italian countryside performing together.

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La strada Directed by Federico Fellini

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1954 | Winner: Silver Lion

Academy Awards

1957 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

1957 | Nominee: Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Original

Critics reviews

The futility of existence is weighed up against life’s minuscule moments of natural poetry, but you know which one tips the scales first.
May 19, 2017
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Memories of Griffith, Vigo and Harry Langdon abound in Fellini’s famed tragicommedia, the archetypal protagonists repeatedly meet and part like the chafing heads of a fanciful chimera.
August 22, 2015
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It is a strikingly original film in conception, and in execution a most accomplished example of Italian neorealism.
January 01, 1956
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