La strada

La strada

Directed by Federico Fellini • 1954 • Italy

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 Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampanò 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. The Criterion Collection is proud to present La Strada, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1956.

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La strada
  • La strada

    Directed by Federico Fellini • 1954 • Italy

    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 e...

Extras

  • Peter Bondanella Commentary

    Recorded in 2003, this commentary features Peter Bondanella, distinguished professor of comparative literature and Italian at Indiana University.

  • Martin Scorsese

  • Federico Fellini’s Autobiography

    For this 2000 documentary, Paquito Del Bosco was given total access to the RAI (Italian television) archives’ holdings of interviews with Federico Fellini. Italian film critic Tullio Kezich writes, “The project is a precious contribution to our understanding of the director and his genius.”