La Strada (Criterion, Art House Collection)

La Strada (Criterion, Art House Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1954
  • Label: Criterion
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono - Italian
    • Subtitles - English

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1956 - Best Foreign Language Film

Entertainment Reviews:

Los Angeles Times - 01/14/1994
"...LA STRADA brought a kind of poetry to the screen that dazzled audiences at the time and still works today..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/01/1994
"...Like a painter with a few favorite themes, Fellini would rework these images until the end of his life....LA STRADA is the first film that can be called entirely 'Felliniesque'..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/21/2003
"...The entire cast is marvelous..."
USA Today - 11/28/2003
"If you see just one film from director Federico Fellini's early period before 1963's 8 1/2, it ought to be this tearjerker."
Uncut - 08/01/2005
"Fellini's lyrical road movie from 1954....Whimsy and tragedy collide..."

Product Description:

Federico Fellini had been making films for a few years, but with the 1954 release of La strada, the Italian director set himself on his way to becoming one of international cinema's household names. A delicate, immensely moving tale of love and loss between strongman Zampano (Anthony Quinn) and his silent long-suffering charge, Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), La strada introduced many viewers to two of the filmmaker's lasting passion--the circus and Masina, his wife.

Product Description:

Federico Fellini had been making films for a few years, but with the 1954 release of La strada, the Italian director set himself on his way to becoming one of international cinema's household names. A delicate, immensely moving tale of love and loss between strongman Zampano (Anthony Quinn) and his silent long-suffering charge, Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), La strada introduced many viewers to two of the filmmaker's lasting passion--the circus and Masina, his wife.

Plot Synopsis:

LA STRADA is the spellbinding story of a young, simple waif, Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) who falls in love with a coarse circus strongman, Zampano (Anthony Quinn). This cinematic work of art reflects the brutal side of the human condition in a disturbingly clear fashion. Director Federico Fellini has created a film equivalent to poetry, its surreal circus sets transformed into bleak prisons, with Gelsomina's constant crying and misery. While LA STRADA is a deep and emotional film, it also contains some of the most lively and comic sequences in film history, making it a masterpiece that should not be overlooked.

Zampano, a performer in a traveling carnival, purchases the poor, young Gelsomina to be his wife and assistant. She quietly endures a life of emotional coldness and cruelty; only Ilmatto, a quicksilver trapeze artist who befriends Gelsomina, offers her warmth and kindness. When Zampano, in a rage, accidentally kills Ilmatto, Gelsomina is plunged into despair, precipitating a tragedy that will haunt her husband forever.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Classic | Disturbing | Essential Cinema | Love | Love Story | On-The-Road | Recommended | Romance | Surreal | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • LA STRADA received an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and a nomination for Best (Original) Screenplay.
  • Giulietta Masina, the star of LA STRADA, was Fellini's wife. She also starred in NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (1956).
  • Fellini is often associated with the neorealist movement of film, which was popular right after the end of WWII in the 1940s and early 1950s. LA STRADA seems to ride the tail end of the movement, holding on somewhat to the personal narrative structure of neorealism, yet moving into surrealism with more magical escapist qualities built into the actual filming.
  • Starting with I VITELLONI (1953), Fellini's musical scores were composed by Nino Rota, who combined circus anthems with pop music, adding the melancholy sounds of saxophones, accordions, and trumpets to achieve the eery/cheery effect in the music.
  • Martin Scorsese says of LA STRADA, "After 40 years, [it is] even more compelling and lyrical."

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  • UPC: 715515043618
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