Regarded by some as Federico Fellini's finest work and the winner of the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, La Strada is a masterpiece of 20th Century filmmaking. Sold by her impoverished mother to Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutish fairground wrestler, waif-like Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) lives a life of drudgery as his assistant. After taking to the road with a traveling circus, a budding relationship with Il Matto / The Fool (Richard Basehart), a gentle-natured, tightrope-walking clown, offers potential refuge from her master's clutches. Trapped by her own servile nature, Gelsomina wavers as Zampanò's volcanic temper erupts with tragic consequences.
Starring Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart
Director Federico Fellini