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.
Whimsical but gritty.
Reviewed by David Parkinson
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