Studiocanal / Independent Cinema Office (ICO) are proud to announce a nationwide reissue of Federico Fellini’s La Strada , recently beautifully restored in 2k, over sixty years since it won the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and launched both its director, and lead actress, Giulietta Masina to international stardom. La Strada returns to cinemas in a new digital restoration on 19 May 2017, followed by a new DVD/Blu-Ray/EST release from Studiocanal on 5 June.
In a story of true outsiders, Masina plays Gelsomina, a naïve young woman sold by her desperate mother to boorish strongman Zampanò (an immensely charismatic Anthony Quinn) to be both his wife and performance assistant as he tours central Italy. Zampanò – a brute by trade and by nature – repeatedly abuses Gelsomina as she struggles to learn the ropes; meanwhile, she finds a kindred spirit in his rival the Fool ( Richard Basehart). Soon all three find themselves part of the same travelling circus, but with tragic consequences.
Transcending the dogmatic underpinnings of the early neorealist movement, La Strada was key to exploring a new poetic sensibility in Italian cinema, as echoed in Nino Rota’s score; and marked Fellini’s definitive move towards a symbolic cinematic language that combined autobiography with universal concerns.
Running time: 108 min / Cert PG
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