1954: 1 movie

(Last updated 31 May 2014)

La strada
Directed by Federico Fellini
Written by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, 
and Ennio Flaiano
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti
Music by Nino Rota
Cinematography by Otello Martelli
Editing by Leo Cattozzo
Production Design by Mario Ravasco
Art Direction by Enrico Cervelli
Artistic Art Director - Brunello Rondi
Costume Design by Margherita Marinari
Makeup Department - Eligio Trani
Starring Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn

   What if we could take the Charlie Chaplin tramp character and make him a woman in Italy? What would his life be like? This seems to be the tonal premise of this entertaining melodrama. It's pitiful in its impoverished setting, and the character of Gelsomina is pitiful because she is so sweet and so clearly undeserving of her fate. We are tossed back and forth between loving the heroine, loving the villain, loving their shifting surroundings, and loving the way it all flows like a book on a juicy adventurous life. Giulietta Masina's genius blend of Chaplin and Harpo Marx makes the sobering subject matter of an underestimated and abused woman digestible and quickly sides us with her. But Anthony Quinn's brutish bad guy is just as necessary, otherwise Gelsomina would seem to be over-acting. Quinn's Zampano-character comes to a boil slowly, but impactfully, the perfect opposite of his co-star. The music and cinematography harmonize with the al fresco setting in dreamy, addicting ways.
   The title translates from Italian to "The Road".

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