The Road (La Strada) 1954

The Road

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Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn's pitiable pair of outsiders provide a poignant contrast between gentleness and might in Federico Fellini's unforgettable parable.

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When Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), a naïve young woman, is purchased from her impoverished mother by brutish circus strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) to be his wife and partner, she loyally endures her husband's coldness and abuse as they travel the Italian countryside performing together. Soon Zampanò must deal with his jealousy and conflicted feelings about Gelsomina when she finds a kindred spirit in Il Matto (Richard Basehart), the carefree circus fool, and contemplates leaving Zampanò.

Cast & Crew

Richard Basehart
Il 'Matto'-The 'Fool'
Aldo Silvani
Il Signor Giraffa-Mr Giraffe
Marcella Rovere
La Vedova-The Widow
Livia Venturini
La Suorina-The Sister
Nino Rota
Original Music
Otello Martelli
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Carlo Carlini
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Leo Cattozzo
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Critic Reviews for The Road (La Strada)

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Audience Reviews for The Road (La Strada)

  • Mar 18, 2015
    Giulietta Masina lends a captivating innocence - almost impossible not to love - to a Chaplin-like waif while Fellini breaks away from neorealism with this magical and whimsical circus fable/road movie that has a beautiful score by Nino Rota and an unforgettable ending.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2013
    Fellini's wife Giulietta Masina is absolutely incredible in this tale of a traveling carnival with a dark side. Heart felt and poignant.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2012
    The main problem in Fellini's La Strada is the annoying main character. She was like an annoying Charlie Chaplin, I understand Fellini wanted a naive character but why annoying. This is definently the weakest film of Fellini I've seen. The imagery was superb but the concept was not. A long sad story that ultimately led to something very disappointing. You'd expect Fedrecio to have a trick up his sleeve, but he just made you feel like he had one.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2012
    The two leads give great performances. The film however is ineffective at times and not as powerful as Nights of Cabiria. The circus scenes lag a little and the symbolism is very in your face. This is a good early effort from Fellini though as he would incorporate many stylistic features in his later films.
    G S Super Reviewer

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