La Strada ( The Road )

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La Strada (The Road) is a 1954 Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini from his own screenplay co-written with Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano. The film portrays a naïve young woman (Giulietta Masina) bought from her mother by a brutish strongman (Anthony
Quinn) who takes her with him on the road, encounters with his rival the Fool (Richard Basehart) and ends with their destruction. It stars Giulietta Masina as Gelsomina, Anthony Quinn as
Zampanò, and Richard Basehart as Il Matto, the fool.(1) It was directed by Federico Fellini, and produced by Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti. Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti won an
Oscar at the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Fim in 1957. Federico Fellini and
Tullio Pinelli
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Zampano (Anthony Quinn) is a Italian man who does a “Strongman” act as a street performer who goes by the name Neanderthal Man. Giulietta Masina, who was Fellini’s wife in real life; serves as Zampano’s side kick. Coming from a poor family, her mother “sold” her off to
Zampano and with no hesitation; she went along with the ordeal. Quinn was so hateful to her and treated her like trash. Even though he was cruel to her, she remained loyal to him, made the best of the situation, and eventually fell in love with him. She resembles Charlie Chaplin by the way that she dresses, the makeup, and the way she walked with the oversized shoes. Tired of the abuse from Zampano has been giving her, she eventually leaves him and goes to a town nearby where she is now spellbound by the high wire act of “The Fool” played by Richard Basehart.
Eventually, Quinn finds her and forces her to come back to work with him where they started working at a traveling circus. Below is one of the most notable quotes from the film:
The Fool
What a funny face! Are a woman, really? Or an artichoke?
The Fool
Maybe he loves you?
The Fool
Why not? He is like dogs. A dog looks at you, wants to talk, and only barks.
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