Fellini’s ‘La Strada’

Classic Film Night

Child-like Gelsomina is sold by her very poor mother to Zampanò, an itinerant strongman. Although she helps him with his shows and does his bidding without question, Zampanò is cruel and abusive. When they meet Il Matto (“The Fool”), their fragile relationship is disrupted. Il Matto mercilessly taunts the oafish Zampano, whose volcanic temper erupts once too often, leading to tragic consequences.

Apparently Fellini drew on his own circus background for the film, and said in an interview that he was closest to this film of all his films, “I feel that it is my most representative film, the one that is the most autobiographical; for both personal and sentimental reasons.”

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