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Film 2: La Strada (1954)

This is the story of Gelsomina, a young woman who is sold by her mother to Zampanò, a man who makes his living by showing off his brutish strength to small crowds in post war Italy. Gelsomina suffers as his assistant but learns to keep hope of a different future alive. Zampanò’s own journey is one of an equally powerful self-discovery. Fellini’s classic film has an otherworldly atmosphere that is ironically relevant to our own time of pandemic and political upheaval.

Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, and Richard Basehart star in Federico Fellini’s classic Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film.