La Strada

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La StradaFrederico Fellini, 1954, 1 hour 55 min. Italian with English subtitles.New 35mm print!“Signor Fellini has used his small cast, and, equally important, his camera, with the unmistakable touch of an artist. His vignettes fill his movie with beauty, sadness, humor and understanding.” –A. H. Weiler, New York Times Bought from her parents to assist the act of brutish traveling strongman Zampano (Anthony Quinn), simple-minded peasant girl Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) is taught a haunting tune by dreamy aerialist/clown  "The Fool" (Richard Basehart), and assured that she too has a place in the world. Fellini's fable ("the most uncompromising yet evoked from Italian naturalism" - Vernon Young) was his first enormous international success, its kudos including universal raves for Masina and the Best Foreign Film Oscar. Fellini, known as one of the top screenwriters in Italian cinema, poured everything he had into this film, physically and psychologically, and in the process created what he called "the complete catalog of my entire mythological world." When Fellini died, the critic Stanley Kauffmann wrote an appreciation in The New Republic that ended with the words: “During his lifetime, many fine filmmakers blessed us with their art, but he was the only one who made us feel that each of his films, whatever its merits, was a present from a friend.”Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 - Introduction by Anna Botta, followed by a Q&A Sunday, February 25 at 2:00About the speaker:Anna Botta is an Associate Professor of Italian at Smith College, where she teaches Italian literature, theater and film.