La Strada: Special Edition

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Released 1954

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La Strada: Special Edition

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Director:
Federico Fellini
Released:
1954
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La Strada: Special Edition is Fellini's semi-autobiographical neo-realist Italian drama. La Strada is a tragic romance between Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), Zampan'' (Anthony Quinn), and Il Matto (Richard Basehart). They are touring street performers. Gelsomina is the indentured apprentice of Zampano, a vicious bully. Gelsomina's debt ridden mother sells her to Zampano to replace her sister who died working for him. This is a film of high passion, drama, and intense realism. Zampano's extreme chauvinistic violence and his ruthless exploitation of Gelsomina's innocence drives her away. She then meets Il Matto, the fool, who awakens her sense of self-worth, but is himself drawn in as Zampano discovers them. Though utterly wretched folk in inescapable circumstances, Fellini's vision makes them archetypal, eternal, and thus symbolic of innocence destroyed by brutality. Gelsomina is metaphorically the beauty of Italy, brutalised, broken, and defeated by the war. Fellini asks how can we continue in the face of overwhelming suffering. This film deservedly won an Oscar, the first for a foreign film.moreless
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