La Strada (1954)

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Title: La Strada
Genre: Drama
Year: 1954
Directed by: Federico Fellini
Writer: Federico Fellini (story and screenplay), Tullio Pinelli (story and screenplay), Tullio Pinelli (dialogue), Ennio Flaiano (screenplay collaborator)
Language: Italian
Runtime: 108 min
Country: Italy

Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Sad story of a waif, Gelsomina, who is sold by her mother to Zampano for 10,000 lire and a few kilos of food. Zampano is a traveling showman who exhibits feats of strength by breaking a chain wrapped around his chest. He performs in village squares and then passes the hat for whatever the normally small crowd is prepared to give. He teaches Gelsomina a drum roll as part of his introduction. He doesn't treat her well and when she tries to run away, he beats her. They eventually join a small traveling circus where they meet a tight-rope walker who convinces Gelsomina to question her choices.

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