There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of ZampanÃ² (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When ZampanÃ² encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La strada, Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide. The Criterion Collection is proud to present La strada, winner of the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Film in 1956.
Video introduction by Martin Scorsese
Audio commentary by Peter Bondanella, author of The Cinema of Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini's Autobiography, a 2000 documentary originally broadcast on Italian television
Optional English-dubbed soundtrack featuring the voices of Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart