Regarded by some as Federico Fellini’s fi nest work, and the winner of the first Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, La Strada is a masterpiece of 20th Century filmmaking. Sold by her impoverished mother to Zampano (Anthony Quinn), a brutish fairground wrestler, waif-like Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) lives a life of drudgery as his assistant. After taking to the road with a travelling circus, a budding relationship with Il Matto/The Fool (Richard Basehart), a gentle-natured, tightrope walking clown, offers a potential refuge from her master’s clutches. Trapped by her own servile nature, Gelsomina waivers, and Zampano’s volcanic temper erupts with tragic consequences.
• New Interview with director Julian Jarrold
• New Interview with Peter Matthews, Senior Lecturer, Film & Television, London College of Communication
• The Guardian Interview: Anthony Quinn
(recorded at the BFI in 1995)
• Giulietta Masina 1955 Cannes interview
• Audio commentary by Chris Weigand on selected scenes