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<font size="3"><strong><img width="130" height="105" alt="" style="margin: 4px; float: left;" src="/sites/default/files/lastrada.jpg" />La Strada</strong></font><br /><em>Frederico Fellini, 1954, 1 hour 55 min. Italian with English subtitles.</em><br /><br /><strong>New 35mm print!</strong><br /><br /><div align="left">&ldquo;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.&rdquo; &ndash;A. H. Weiler, <em style="">New York Times</em><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--> <!--[endif]--></div><br />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&nbsp; &quot;The Fool&quot; (Richard Basehart), and assured that she too has a place in the world. Fellini's fable (&quot;the most uncompromising yet evoked from Italian naturalism&quot; - Vernon Young) was his first enormous international success, its kudos including universal raves for Masina and the Best Foreign Film Oscar.<br /><br /><div align="left"> 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 &quot;the complete catalog of my entire mythological world.&quot; When Fellini died, the critic Stanley Kauffmann wrote an appreciation in The New Republic that ended with the words: &ldquo;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.&rdquo;</div><br /><strong>Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 - <em>Introduction by Anna Botta, followed by a Q&amp;A</em></strong><br /><div align="left"><strong> Sunday, February 25 at 2:00</strong><br /><br /><strong>About the speaker:</strong><br /></div><span class="content"><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Anna Botta is an Associate Professor of Italian at Smith College, where she teaches Italian literature, theater and film.</span><br /></span>