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

Acclaimed Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini drew on his own circus background for this classic film. Set in a seedy travelling carnival, this symbolism-laden drama revolves around brutish strongman Zampano, his simple and servile… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 6, 1954
DVD 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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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Undeniably powerful, but also very sentimental at times.

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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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Philip Kemp
Total Film

The triangle plays out in Fellini's favourite key of bittersweet sentimentality, life as a tragicomic circus.

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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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Tara Brady
Irish Times

It holds its own, more than six decades on. If Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn's tragic two-step doesn't break your heart, then Nino Rota's score will.

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Fernando F. Croce

Memories of Griffith, Vigo and Harry Langdon abound in Fellini's famed tragicommedia

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Giulietta Masina lends a captivating innocence - almost impossible not to love - to a Chaplin-like waif while Fellini breaks away from neorealism with this… 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
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.
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