La Strada

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Overview

The Criterion Collection has done a typically remarkable job in bringing Federico Fellini's masterful blend of neorealism and magic realism to DVD. Long deserving an upgrade on home video, this new transfer of La Strada -- which preserves the film's original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 -- is simply wonderful, brimming with a rich palate of gray tones and an exceptional clarity of detail that inspires a whole new appreciation for Otello Martelli's cinematography. Since the film was shot with an international...
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Overview

The Criterion Collection has done a typically remarkable job in bringing Federico Fellini's masterful blend of neorealism and magic realism to DVD. Long deserving an upgrade on home video, this new transfer of La Strada -- which preserves the film's original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 -- is simply wonderful, brimming with a rich palate of gray tones and an exceptional clarity of detail that inspires a whole new appreciation for Otello Martelli's cinematography. Since the film was shot with an international cast, all of whom post-synched their dialogue, Criterion has opted to present both the film's Italian audio track (which features Giulietta Masina voicing her character) and the English version (in which Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart voice theirs), both of which have been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono and sound remarkably good given their age. (The disc also includes optional English subtitles.) Film historian Peter Bondanella contributes a commentary track, and if his approach is a bit academic, his perspectives are both interesting and well informed. Martin Scorsese also comments upon the film in an onscreen introduction, which reveals his usual blend of erudition and enthusiasm. Finally, the set's second disc contains Federico Fellini's Autobiography, a documentary assembled from Italian television interviews with the filmmaker that were conducted at various stages of his career. Once again, Criterion has offered us the definitive home video presentation of a truly important film, and anyone with an interest in classic Italian cinema will want to have this edition of La Strada in their collection.
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Special Features

New digital transfer, with restored image and sound; Video introduction by Martin Scorsese; Audio commentary by Peter Bondanella, author of Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present and The Cinema of Federico Fellini; Federico Fellini's Autobiography, a documentary made for Italian television by Paquito del Bosco; Optional English-dubbed soundtrack featuring the voices of Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart; New essay by film scholar Peter Matthews; Theatrical trailer for the English version; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
La Strada is often considered one of the masterpieces of 20th century filmmaking, a sad and poignant remembrance of innocence lost and of the roads that each of us must choose. As with much of the work of director Federico Fellini, man is viewed as suspended between the heavens and the earth, adroitly symbolized here by Il Matto/The Fool (Richard Baseheart), a high-wire circus performer. Fellini's motifs are among the most influential of all post-WWII filmmakers, and you'll find clever Fellini and La Strada references in such unlikely films as John Landis's Blues Brothers 2000. Giulietta Masina's Chaplin-like Gelsomina is among the screen's most poignant and tragic performances, and she, like the entire film, is aided by Nino Rota's evocative score. Fellini had few production values to work with, but here he doesn't need them. La Strada is among the most studied films of late Italian Neo-Realism and a classic of the first rank.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • UPC: 037429135426
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: Italiano, English
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 895

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Giulietta Masina Gelsomina
Anthony Quinn Zampano
Richard Basehart Matto "The Fool"
Al Silvani Mr. Giraffa
Marcella Rovena
Livia Venturini The Sister
Technical Credits
Federico Fellini Director, Screenwriter
Leo Cattozzo Editor
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Franco Ferrara Musical Direction/Supervision
Ennio Flaiano Screenwriter
Otello Martelli Cinematographer
Tullio Pinelli Screenwriter
Carlo Ponti Producer
Brunello Rondi Art Director
Nino Rota Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- La Strada
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:28]
2. Ten Thousand Lire [4:18]
3. The Strongman [1:14]
4. Tools of the Trade [4:17]
5. Di Constanzo, Gelsomina [2:05]
6. Farce [2:30]
7. Lamb and Veal [5:16]
8. Waiting [4:02]
9. Tomatoes [2:10]
10. The Wedding Party [5:33]
11. Deeee-Dee-Dee-De-Deee [3:59]
12. Processions [3:17]
13. A Hundred and Twenty-Five Feet in the Air [2:34]
14. "Get In!" [2:28]
15. Roman Circus [3:28]
16. Circo Giraffa [5:48]
17. "A Very Sad Song" [5:45]
18. The Pebble [9:18]
19. The Jail [4:15]
20. The Convent [3:59]
21. "Do You Like Me a Little?" [4:54]
22. Flat Tire, Broken Watch [4:38]
23. "The Fool Is Hurt" [3:27]
24. "It's Cold" [6:27]
25. Circo Medini [5:05]
26. Zampanò's Song [5:00]
1. Introduction [2:28]
2. The Cast [4:18]
3. Zampanò's Carnival Act [1:14]
4. Gelsomina's Training [4:17]
5. Sexual Aggression [2:05]
6. Bad Puns and Animals [2:30]
7. Neorealism and Its Discontents [5:16]
8. Fellini's Aesthetic Goals [4:02]
9. Gelsomina Starts to Care [2:10]
10. "Everybody Likes Sweets" [5:33]
11. Gelsomina's Song [3:59]
12. Religious Symbolism [3:17]
13. Il Matto, or, the Fool [2:34]
14. Drunk? [2:28]
15. Rosa [3:28]
16. The Fool Is Too Quick [5:48]
17. The Love-Hate Triangle [5:45]
18. The Parable of the Pebble [9:18]
19. Housing Projects [4:15]
20. Catholicism [3:59]
21. Fellini's Women [4:54]
22. The Confrontation [4:38]
23. "The Fool Is Hurt" [3:27]
24. Thaw [6:27]
25. La Strada's Structure [5:05]
26. Zampanò's Song [5:00]
Side #2 -- Federico Fellini's Autobiography: Clips From His Life
1. A Journey [8:23]
2. Via Veneto [2:10]
3. Fellini at Work [3:16]
4. At the Station [3:11]
5. Awards and Festivals [12:02]
6. Juliet of the Spirits [7:49]
7. G. Mastorna, Satyricon [4:10]
8. Fellini and Bergman [2:22]
9. Venice [:55]
10. Sundays [4:18]
11. Rimini [6:33]
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Menu

Side #1 -- La Strada
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Commentary: Off
      Commentary: On
      Index
   Scorsese Introduction
   Trailer
   Set-Up
      Audio Options
         Original Italian Soundtrack
         Commentary
         English-Dubbed Soundtrack
      Subtitles
         Subtitles: On
         Subtitles: Off
      Color Bars
Side #2 -- Federico Fellini's Autobiography: Clips From His Life
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   Index
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    great movie

    This is a nice one to own. It's the sort of movie you can watch over and over. And, despite the art house label, its a good movie for the whole family -- at least those 9 and over. I think my six year old might find it a little dull.

    The story is a simple one with three characters -- Zampano (Anthony Quinn), Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), and the Fool (Richard Basehart). In a lot of ways, the sea might be seen as a fourth character. There are a number of scenes where the camera captures the sea. What the sea might represent is one of the more interesting things to contemplate while watching this movie. But you do see it at several key points in the movie, so it is important.

    At the beginning of the movie, Zampano gives Gelsomina's mother a pile of Lira and hires her as his assistant. It's never clear whether he has bought her as a slave, as a wife, or is just hiring her as an employee. Zampano travels the Italian countryside (always near the sea) and stops at a village for a day or two to camp and do his show. In the show, he is a strongman who knows just one trick -- breaking a chain with his chest muscles. As Gelsomina becomes more comfortable, Zampano works her and a comedy routine into the act. In one town, Gelsomina meets the Fool and there is a conflict that, later, results in the death of the Fool. This brings about a tremendous change in Gelsomina and, well, you have to watch and experience the rest for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wind in your Face

    Stark, brutal, sad, cruel, hopeless and depressing, and there isn't a thing you can do about it except watch this tragedy play out. Anthony Quinn cruelty seems almost too real. You become his victim, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Seen this film since childhood in the '50s.

    The bruttishness of Zampano in this film has impacted and haunted me for many years. Gelsomina's simple mindedness at times has shocked me because of her tragic end and how Zampano, at least I like to think so, suddenly realizes how he did love her and now has lost her and there is nothing he can do about it. The backdrop of Italy and the sense of the life struggle of poverty to simply survive is so touching the way it is portrayed in this film. Also, the sad main melody theme is one I've played on the piano many times over the years.

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