Giulietta Masina (Gelsomina), Anthony Quinn
(Zampano), Richard Basehart (Il Matto), Aldo Silvani (Signor Giraffa), Marcella Rovere (La Vedova)
Literally translating as The Road, La Strada is an Italian
arthouse drama which made Federico Fellini a renowned filmmaker in world cinema.
Anthony Quinn plays brutish strongman Zampano, who takes the
timid Gelsomina on his travels where he earns a trade as a street performer, herself playing the part of a clown and his assistant.
The pair later find themselves within the company of a
travelling circus, but Zampano's jealousy gets the better of him when Gelsomina becomes friends with the troupe's fool.
Fellini's film is crammed with mythological references and is
considered by many filmmakers to be hugely influential to their own careers. Though the plot is thin, its given a huge canvas by Fellini's style and the brilliant performances, especially
Giulietta Masina who says more with her facial expressions than in her limited dialogue.