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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Giulietta Masina
Anthony Quinn
Richard Basehart
Directors
Frederico Fellini
Screenwriters
Frederico Fellini
Ennio Flaiano
Tullio Pinelli
Running Time
115 minutes

La Strada
The start of Fellini's cinematic love-affair with the circus


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Plot
Travelling strongman Zampano buys the simple waif Gelsomina from her impoverished mother and trains her to assist in his act. Despite his brutality, Gelsomina remains devoted to Zampano, even after Matto, a kindly clown and high-wire walker, takes a shine to her after they join a circus.


Verdict
Whimsical but gritty.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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