La Strada

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In Brief: Fellini was the first filmmaker to truly spark my interest in the cinema as an art form, and La Strada (1954) is the first film to truly codify his auteurial voice, the most "Felliniesque" of the director's early work. Is this story of an abused waif (Giulietta Masina, Fellini's wife) turning from her brutish circus strongman husband (a young Anthony Quinn) in favor of a sardonic clown (Richard Basehart) as accomplished or remarkable as the director's later, more surreal masterworks like 8 1/2 or Amarcord? Of course not. But it does mark his transition from neorealism into more personal and expressionistic films, as well as the beginning of his lengthy collaboration with composer Nino Rota, and stands on its own merits in comparison to the best films of any filmmaker other than Fellini himself. Besides, when you're talking about the great films of a true master, trying to evaluate them alongside each other borders on solipsism.
Genre: Drama
Director: Federico Fellini
Starring: Giulietta Masina, Anthony Quinn, Richard Basehart
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society will show La Strada on Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


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