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La strada

(The road, Federico Fellini, 1954)

Black-and-white still of Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) and Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) in a field. Zampanò is lying on the ground, and Gelsomina is crouched behind him, pulling his left eye open with her forefinger with a worried look on her face.

In this film that made Fellini and wife Giulietta Masina international stars, Anthony Quinn plays a brutish strongman who crushes the spirit of his devoted assistant (Masina).

Zampanò (Quinn) travels from village to village performing feats of strength for spare change accompanied by the innocent Gelsomina (Masina), who is increasingly worn down by his emotional and physical abuse. A timeless classic, La strada won more than 50 international awards, including the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (108 mins., 4K DCP)

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Black-and-white still of Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) and Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) in a field. Zampanò is lying on the ground, and Gelsomina is crouched behind him, pulling his left eye open with her forefinger with a worried look on her face.

La strada, image courtesy of Janus Films.

Black-and-white still of Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), who is resting her crossed arms on the back door of the vehicle she is in, looking into the distance with widened eyes and raised eyebrows as if concerned.

La strada, image courtesy of Janus Films.

Black-and-white still of Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) and Zampanò (Anthony Quinn). On the left, Gelsomina is leaning against the back door of a vehicle, her eyebrows raised. On the right, Zampanò is standing beside the vehicle, his hands raised as if in surrender. There is a chain around his bare chest, and an audience is watching in the background.

La strada, image courtesy of Janus Films.

Retrospective: Federico Fellini is part of the Federico Fellini 100 tour, a series of centennial tributes to the director coordinated by Paola Ruggiero and Camilla Cormanni of Luce Cinecittà in Rome.

La strada was restored in 4K resolution by the Criterion Collection and Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation at Cineteca di Bologna’s L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory from a 35mm dupe negative preserved by Beta Film GmbH. Restoration funding was provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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