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4.2
6,535 Ratings

La strada

Directed by Federico Fellini
Italy, 1954
Drama

Synopsis

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 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

Nino Rota’s sentimental score becomes embedded within the narrative, its sad refrain becoming something of a personal anthem for the hapless Gelsomina. It’s a cynical work, sewing the seeds for the all-out hatful malaise that would become so central to Fellini’s later work and worldview. 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… Quite the patch of pathos, a voyage about obvious and hidden beauty, a turning point for an artist increasingly beguiled by private mythologies. Eastwood (Bronco Billy) and Allen (Sweet and Lowdown) and Gray (The Immigrant) have their own versions.
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…. Yet in a determination not to overdo the sentiment, the treatment sometimes strikes one as a trifle calculated; and there is at the heart of the piece a lack of compassion, an inhibition which allows the camera quality of a particular scene or the stylishness of the cutting to become more important than the human values of the story.
January 01, 1956
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