Gelsomina is sold by her very poor mother to Zampanò, an itinerant strongman. She follows him on the road (“la strada”) and helps him during his shows. Zampanò ill-treats her. She meets “The Fool”, a funambulist. She feels like going with him, but he puts confusion in her mind by pointing out that perhaps Zampanò is in fact in love with her …
Giulietta Masina and Anthony Quinn’s pitiable pair of outsiders provide a poignant contrast between gentleness and might in Federico Fellini’s unforgettable parable.
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- Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
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