Miami Beach Cinematheque. May 21st, 2009. 8:30 p.m. The Miami Beach Cinematheque, in collaboration with Emerging Pictures, presents the Miami theatrical HD premiere of the film La Strada on May 21st, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. Directed by Italian master Federico Fellini in 1954, the film features Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina and Richard Basehart.
There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La Strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom.
Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampanò encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La Strada, Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide.
The film won the Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film, the Venice Film Festival Silver Lion and the New York Film Critics Best Foreign Language Film. According to David Ehrenstein, “A low-key mood study about a broken-down carnival strongman and his half-wit assistant traveling through the bleak backwaters of post-war Italy wouldn't, at first glance, appear to have much going for it in the way of international critical and commercial appeal. But from the moment of its release in 1954, it was clear that La Strada had everything.”
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