La Strada (The Road)
La Strada (The Road) (1954)

Acclaimed Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini drew on his own circus background for the 1954 classic La Strada. Set in a seedy travelling carnival, this symbolism-laden drama revolves around brutish strongman Zampano (Anthony Quinn), his… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Early mush from the master, Federico Fellini.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

As French critic Andre Bazin pointed out, 'The Fellini character does not evolve; he ripens.' And so do his movies.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's the film that first brought international acclaim to Fellini.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Symbols, metaphors, and larger-than-life performances hold sway, and moments of bizarre if inconsequential charm abound.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

La Strada is the first film that can be called entirely 'Felliniesque.'

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Fellini once described this masterpiece, which marks his break with the strictures of neo-realism, as "the complete catalogue of my mythical world;" It could be seen as another, poetic version of Beauty and the Beast fable.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

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.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

The two lead performers...are marvelous and the imagery is gorgeous, with Fellini's precision cutting and dramatic lighting pointing the way to 8 1/2

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Whimsical but gritty.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Fellini created a mélange of beauty with this mystical, fantastical story, that is more about the human condition, love, and suffering, than about… More
Stella Dallas
master showman and producer dino de laurentiis died today aged 91. he produced over 160 films including la strada and nights of cabiria (both of which won… More
familiar stranger
If you can ignore a few major plot-holes herein, I guess you'll enjoy the tragic journey (which hardly leads anywhere) of a girl in this classic movie.
Anthony Lawrie
La Strada tells the age old story of the frailty of innocents, 'The Road' can be a long and tough journey. It is a beautiful film, I love 8 1/2 and… More
Melvin White
My first Fellini movie, but definitely not my last. La Strada is an amazing film. At times it is very fun to watch and at others it is almost painful. It brings… More
Leigh Ryan
An array of feelings fill me. I don't know wether to like or dislike this film. I would say I would watch it again so I may need to side more on the… More