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The Italian Embassy Cultural Centre invites you to the film screening of ‘La Strada’ by Federico Fellini. The movie is subtitled in English and will be screened on Thursday, 20 June 2019 @ 7:00 p.m. at Italian Embassy Cultural Centre.
La Strada (lit. “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.
Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), a credulous young woman, learns that her sister Rosa has died since going on the road with the strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn). Now the same man has returned a year later to ask her mother if Gelsomina will take Rosa's place. The mother accepts 10,000 lire, and her daughter departs the same day.
Zampanò makes his living as an itinerant street performer, entertaining crowds by breaking an iron chain bound tightly across his chest, then passing the hat for tips. In short order, Gelsomina's naïve and antic nature emerges, with Zampanò's brutish methods presenting a callous foil. He teaches her to play the snare drum and trumpet, dance a bit, and clown for the audience. Despite her willingness to please, he relies on intimidation and even cruelty at times to maintain his domination.
Finally, she rebels and leaves, making her way into town. There she watches the act of another street entertainer, Il Matto (“The Fool”), a talented high wire artist and clown (Richard Basehart). When Zampanò finds her there, he forcibly takes her back. They join a ragtag travelling circus where Il Matto already works. Il Matto teases the strongman at every opportunity, though he cannot explain what motivates him to do so. After Il Matto drenches Zampanò with a pail of water, Zampanò chases after his tormentor with his knife drawn. As a result, he is briefly jailed and both men are eventually fired from the travelling circus.
Gelsomina's difficulties with her forced partnership are the subject of frequent soul searching. Before Zampanò's release from prison, Il Matto proposes that there are alternatives to Gelsomina's servitude, and imparts his philosophy that everything and everyone has a purpose – even a pebble, even her. A nun suggests that Gelsomina's purpose in life is comparable to her own. But, when Gelsomina offers Zampanò marriage, he brushes her off.
The separate paths of fool and strongman cross for the last time on an empty stretch of road, when Zampanò comes upon Il Matto fixing a flat tire. As Gelsomina watches in horror, the strongman strikes the clown on the head several times. Il Matto complains that his watch is broken, then collapses and dies. Zampanò hides the body and pushes the car off the road where it bursts into flames.
The killing breaks Gelsomina's spirit. After ten days, her affect remains flat, and her eyes lifeless. Finally Zampanò abandons her while she is taking a nap, leaving some clothes, money, and his trumpet.
Some years later, he overhears a woman singing a tune Gelsomina often played. He learns that the woman's father had found Gelsomina on the beach and kindly taken her in. However, she had wasted away and died. Zampanò gets drunk and wanders to the beach, where he breaks down in tears.
Giulietta Masina as Gelsomina
Anthony Quinn as Zampanò
Richard Basehart as Il Matto, the fool
Aldo Silvani as Il Signor Giraffa, the circus owner
Marcella Rovere as La Vedova, the widow
Livia Venturini as La Suorina, the nun
Runtime: 108 min
Color: Black and White
Classification: Please read parent guide carefully. Follow the link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047528/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification
La Strada won more than fifty international awards, including an Oscar in 1957 for Best Foreign Language Film, the first recipient in that category.
Free Entry. Kindly bring a Valid Photo ID to present at the security gates.
Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
50-E, Chandragupta Marg
(entry from Nyaya Marg)
New Delhi- 110021
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