LA STRADA
1954, Janus Films, 107 min, Italy, Dir: Federico Fellini

When peasant Gelsomina (the dazzling Giulietta Masina) is sold to boorish strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) as his on-the-road assistant, she quickly becomes both an adept carnival performer and victim of her master’s cruelty. This magical, poetic tale of love, loss and loneliness was one of Fellini’s favorites. With Richard Basehart. Winner of the inaugural Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar in 1956. "Giulietta has the lightness of a phantom, a dream, an idea. She possesses the movements, the mimic skills and the cadences of a clown." - Fellini. In Italian with English subtitles.


NIGHTS OF CABIRIA
LE NOTTI DI CABIRIA
1957, Rialto Pictures, 125 min, Italy, Dir: Federico Fellini

Giulietta Masina won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her unforgettable portrayal of a Roman prostitute named Cabiria who endures life’s tragedies with a heartbreaking, almost Chaplin-esque innocence and resilience. Winner of the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, NIGHTS was later remade as the stage musical and film SWEET CHARITY - but the original remains unbeatable. In Italian with English subtitles.


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