La Strada: The Criterion Collection DVD
SKU ID #351407
The circus doesn't always bring laughter. The legendary Federico Fellini's Italian masterwork is "La Strada" (1954), which won him the first Academy Award given for Best Foreign Language Film. His wife, Giulietta Masina, stars as Gelsomina, who is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampano, a brutal circus strongman played by Anthony Quinn (in one of his greatest performances). They join up with a travelling circus where Zampano encounters his old rival, tightrope artist Il Matto. Appalled at Zampano's insensitive treatment of Gelsomina, the gentle-natured Matto invites her to run off with him; but Gelsomina refuses to leave the strong man's side. Eventually Zampano's volcanic temper erupts once too often, leading to tragic consequences. Richard Basehart co-stars as Il Matto.