over 4 years
Fellini makes a simple story meaningful. Worth a watch
almost 6 years
Painful, beautiful film. One of the best
over 6 years
La Strada is among Fellini's best, most elegant films.
over 6 years
Pope Francis' favorite film - one more reason to like it!
over 7 years
Giulietta Masina is just adorable in a funny way, sad movie.
La Strada (English: The Road) is a 1954 Italian neorealist drama directed by Federico Fellini in which a naïve young woman (Giulietta Masina) is sold to a brutish man (Anthony Quinn) and goes on the road as a part of his itinerant show.
La Strada won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1956, the first presented in that category.
Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), a fey young woman, learns her sister Rosa has died since going on the road with the strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn). Now the same man has returned a year later to ask her mother if Gelsomina will take Rosa's place. The mother accepts 10,000 lire and her daughter departs the same day.
Zampanò makes his living as an itinerant performer, entertaining crowds by breaking an iron chain bound tightly across his chest, then passing the hat for tips. In short order, Gelsomina's naïve and antic nature emerges, although Zampanò's brutish methods present her with a callous foil. He teaches her to play the snare drum and...