Saturday, December 1, 2012

"Nights of Cabiria" and "La Strada," my favorites of Federico Fellini's fertile imagination

How can a screenwriter, director, actor, audience member not love everything by el maestro, Federico Fellini, and his lovely wife, Giuletta Masina.  Nights of Cabiria and La Strada, my favorites, will touch even the most cynical of hearts.
p.s. and the music by Nino Rota, exquisite!
Despite an endless string of heartbreaks and misfortune, Cabiria (Giulietta Masina), a wide-eyed prostitute working the streets of Rome, never seems to give up on finding true love. One of director Federico Fellini's best-known efforts, this supremely human tale -- by turns absurdly comic and jarringly tragic -- won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and the visually arresting Masina earned Best Actress honors at the Cannes Film Festival.

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese introduces this restored special edition of Italian auteur Federico Fellini's powerful rumination on love and hate, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1956. The story follows the plight of gentle Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), who's sold by her mother to a bullying circus performer (Anthony Quinn), only to have a clown (Richard Basehart) win her heart and ignite a doomed love triangle.


Anonymous said...

I have yet to see anything by him.

LOL I should be branded. K.

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...


Once you've seen these films, you'll want more...I promise you.

Woody Allen once said that he didn't understand Fellini until he grew up...