La Strada (1954)

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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

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17 October 2004 | phatdan
10
| To film as Bach is to music
La Strada brings two souls together to tell a story that ultimately displays humanity's finer aspects. The title gives a clue to the meaning of Fellini's masterpiece: The Way. The brute, Zampano, buys the urchin-like Gelsomina to be his traveling companion in his one-man carnival act. He is physically and emotionally cruel to her. Her longing to love and be loved, and her child-like, yet acute perception of life, and desire to live it, despite hardships, makes her the perfect complement to the selfish and despicable Zampano. Their unification affects each other. However, although Zampano's harshness adversely effects Gelsomina's life, it is her influence that will eventually, and more significantly, change him. This may sound like the familiar Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, but it is more than a love story. It is about love, but it isn't until the very end of the film that we realize it. More than love, it is about a man who gains insight and awareness because of love. It is his finale transformation that demonstrates both the frailty and vitality of the human condition. It overpoweringly suggests that the individual, no matter how depraved, is able to spiritually evolve.

Every frame and scene in this masterpiece has purpose and meaning.

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Trivia

Very early on in the filming process, Giulietta Masina suffered a severe ankle sprain. This was potentially quite a serious setback since the film's financial backing was tenuous and producers had initially objected to Masina's casting. The injury stalled production for several weeks and led to a scheduling conflict for Anthony Quinn who had signed on to play the title role in Attila (1954). In an exceptionally gracious move, Quinn offered to continue working on this film to spare the production any further setbacks. He endured a grueling schedule, working for this film in the mornings and filming Attila during the evenings.


Quotes

The Fool: I am ignorant, but I read books. You won't believe it, everything is useful... this pebble for instance.
Gelsomina: Which one?
The Fool: Anyone. It is useful.
Gelsomina: What for?
The Fool: For... I don't know. If I knew I'd be the Almighty, who knows all. When you are born and when you die...


Goofs

The fire at the building in the mountains changes four times as Zampanò leaves Gelsomina. When he removes the tripod, it is ashes with one or two charcoal sticks, the next times there are more sticks, the next shot shows a large pile of sticks and the last shot of the fire shows it roaring with flames.


Alternate Versions

The German theatrical version was cut by about 6 minutes to speed up the films pacing. DVD release also contains the Italian uncut version as a bonus feature.


Soundtracks

Zampano
(1954) (uncredited)
Music by
Nino Rota and Michele Galdieri
Published by Leeds

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