La Strada DVD

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The winner of the first ever Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film available on DVD for the first time! Giulietta Masina (the late Federico Fellini's wife) stars as Gelsomina who is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampano (Anthony Quinn) a vicious strongman. They join up with a travelling circus where Zampano encounters his old rival tightrope artist The Fool (Richard Basehart). The Fool befriends Gelsomina and presents her with an uplifting view of the world as oppo

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Released
04 July 2005
Directors
Actors
Format
DVD 
Publisher
Optimum Home Entertainment 
Classification
Runtime
103 minutes 
Features
Black & White, PAL, Subtitled 
Barcode
5060034572039 
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Zampano (Anthony Quinn) a performer in a travelling carnival outside of Rome purchases the young poor Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) to be his wife and assistant Although she shows genuine enthusiasm as an assistant putting on a fabulous clown act akin to Charlie Chaplin nobody seems to appreciate her; she quietly endures a life of emotional coldness and cruelty When she meets &39;The Fool&39; Ilmatto (Richard Basehart) a quicksilver trapeze artist who befriends her and offers her warmth kindness and an uplifting vision of the world Gelsomina convinces herself that she and Zampano are in love She is plunged into despair however after Zampano interferes in a jealous rage precipitating a tragedy that will haunt him forever Federico Fellini establishes a style and certain key themes in this film that he repeats as trademarks in subsequent films the beach as a symbol of purity and release; haunting soft female singing as a symbol of memory; examinations of Catholics and their religion as a cult behaviour; and above all a chaotic circus-oriented cyclical pattern that guides his films The Oscar-winning LA STRADA is the perfect place from which to begin an exploration of Fellini&39;s expertly crafted movies

Classic Italian drama co-written and directed by Federico Fellini. The film follows Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), a young girl who is sold by her impoverished mother to a travelling performer named Zampano (Anthony Quinn) in exchange for some food. With his act involving breaking a metal chain wrapped around his chest, Zampano attempts to incorporate Gelsomina into his routine by teaching her to perform a drum roll as part of his introduction. However, when the pair join up with a small travelling circus, fellow performer Il Matto (Richard Basehart) soon questions the way Zampano treats Gelsomina, leaving her facing a number of tough choices as she contemplates her future. The cast also includes Aldo Silvani, Marcella Rovere and Livia Venturini.

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