La Strada, 1957 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, is Fellini’s first masterpiece. Young and innocent Gelsomina gets sold to brutish street performer Zampano and becomes his assistant, but is silenced in trauma after witnessing Zampano murder a friend. She is then abandoned by Zampano. Anthony Quinn and Giulietta Masina provide unforgettable performances capturing the lives that afloat on the streets, as does the lingering gloomy solo trumpet of Nino Rota.
Born in 1920, Federico Fellini sometimes followed the street troupe in his youth. With more than 20 films from < Luci del Varieta >(1950) to < La Voce della Luna >(1990), Fellini is one of the most famous filmmakers of not only Italian cinema but of cinema itself. Since < La Strada >, a film that gave him huge international acclaim, he has produced works such as < La Dolce Vita >, < 8 2/1 >, < Casanova >, < Amarcord and E la Nave Va > and has always been in the center of attention of critics. Four of his films won the Best Foreign Language Film of Academy Awards, and he won the Honorary Award in 1993.