There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina.
Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as
Gelsomina in La Strada, the film that launched them both to
international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the
employ of Zampano ( Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a
traveling circus. When Zampano encounters an old rival in highwire
artist the Fool ( Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its
breaking point. With La Strada, Fellini left behind the familiar
signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and
cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of
audiences and critics worldwide.
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Mon, 11 May 2015 | Review by: Michael S
I know this is a widely respected film many critics rave about, but I found it deeply disappointing. Convincing neither as a fantasy or as reality, the story is simplistic and often uninteresting. Masine, Fellini's wife, plays the clown-like central character, reputedly moving and touching, though I find her just plain silly. Anthony Quin is ridiculous playing the grunting Strong Man performing a dramatically dull and feeble act, and Richard Basehart is just wooden. There was an odd fashion around that time, to have American actors in European films. I had wondered how they coped with all the Italian dialogue, but later discovered that Fellini, like some other directors of that school, made all his films without sound, and dubbed in sound effects and dialogue afterwards. Thus ALL his actors are dubbed, so there was less difference than you might expect according to the actors home language.
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