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La Strada (PG)
+ Special Introduction
Dir. Federico Fellini. Italy, 106 mins, 1955.
- Sun 11 Jun: 7pm
- Tue 13 Jun: 7.30pm
Special Introduction By Professor Danielle Hipkins
In partnership with the Italian Cultural Association, Professor Danielle Hipkins will give a special introduction to the screening of La Strada on Tue 13 Jun. Danielle Hipkins is associate professor of Italian Studies and Film at the University of Exeter. With a specially prepared Italian cuisine available before the film, choose the meal deal option when booking to make the most of your cinema trip.
Over sixty years since it won the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and launched both its director, Federico Fellini (8 ½, La Dolce Vita) and lead actress, Giulietta Masina to international stardom, La Strada is returning to cinemas in a new digital restoration.
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.
Make the most of your trip to the cinema and pre-book a specially prepared meal to complement the film. Select the supplementary meal option for just £8 extra when booking, or contact our box office.
Enjoy classic Italian cuisine, available before the screening on Tue 13 Jun.