La Strada / The Road (1954) DVD9 + DVD5 The Criterion Collection
La Strada is Federico Fellini's moving masterpiece that explores the soul's eternal conflict between the heart and mind. Zampano (Anthony Quinn) is a cruel, traveling carnival strongman who buys his assistant, a simple minded young woman named Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), from her poverty-stricken family. Gelsomina is innocent and childlike (Masina's exquisite performance is as comic as it is heartbreaking). She does Zampano's bidding without question or resistance, even though he is abusive to her. He abandons her in the street to spend the night with a woman. He lashes her with a tree branch when she misquotes her introductory lines. He forces her to steal from a convent. Yet, she remains faithful and uncomplaining. But soon, their fragile relationship is disrupted when Gelsomina meets The Fool (Richard Basehart), a witty circus clown. He mercilessly taunts the oafish Zampano, who can only react with violence. Nevertheless, he is kind and reassuring to the gentle, suffering Gelsomina, offering her a means to leave Zampano. It is the rivalry over her that precipitates the film's inevitable tragedy.

DVD9 + DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:48:30 | 7.24 Gb + 3.20 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Italiano (Dolby AC3, 1 ch)
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

Director: Federico Fellini
Actors: Giulietta Masina, Anthony Quinn, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani, Marcella Rovena

* New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
* 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 (55 mins)
* Optional English-dubbed soundtrack featuring the voices of Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart
* New essay by film scholar Peter Matthews
* New and improved English subtitle translation

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