An Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, this is the tale of a naive streetwalker who wanders the seedy streets of Rome searching for love and a way out of her sordid life. She finds everything but that.
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Pure cinema. One of the greatest movies of all-time, one of the greatest actresses of all-time, one of the (or maybe THE) greatest directors of all-time. A slice of life captured in film. A bittersweet tear of joy, sadness and redemption in the shape of a movie.
"She lives the life." Giulietta Masina's performance brilliantly captures the contrasts - self-destructiveness and optimism, daftness and fragility, neurosis and vigour, naivety and cynicism - of a woman put through the mill by men: pissed on, put down and spat out by patriarchy and machismo. She's all eyeballs and crooked grins, like a silent movie clown. That sound you hear is Pedro Almodóvar forever taking notes.