La Strada

La Strada

Giulietta Masina
Director: Federico Fellini Cast: Giulietta Masina
Giulietta Masina
, Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
, Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
Federico Fellini

DVD (Black & White)

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Overview

The Criterion Collection has done a typically remarkable job in bringing Federico Fellini's masterful blend of neorealism and magic realism to DVD. Long deserving an upgrade on home video, this new transfer of La Strada -- which preserves the film's original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 -- is simply wonderful, brimming with a rich palate of gray tones and an exceptional clarity of detail that inspires a whole new appreciation for Otello Martelli's cinematography. Since the film was shot with an international cast, all of whom post-synched their dialogue, Criterion has opted to present both the film's Italian audio track (which features Giulietta Masina voicing her character) and the English version (in which Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart voice theirs), both of which have been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono and sound remarkably good given their age. (The disc also includes optional English subtitles.) Film historian Peter Bondanella contributes a commentary track, and if his approach is a bit academic, his perspectives are both interesting and well informed. Martin Scorsese also comments upon the film in an onscreen introduction, which reveals his usual blend of erudition and enthusiasm. Finally, the set's second disc contains Federico Fellini's Autobiography, a documentary assembled from Italian television interviews with the filmmaker that were conducted at various stages of his career. Once again, Criterion has offered us the definitive home video presentation of a truly important film, and anyone with an interest in classic Italian cinema will want to have this edition of La Strada in their collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2003
UPC: 0037429135426
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:48:00

Special Features

New digital transfer, with restored image and sound; Video introduction by Martin Scorsese; Audio commentary by Peter Bondanella, author of Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present and The Cinema of Federico Fellini; Federico Fellini's Autobiography, a documentary made for Italian television by Paquito del Bosco; Optional English-dubbed soundtrack featuring the voices of Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart; New essay by film scholar Peter Matthews; Theatrical trailer for the English version; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Giulietta Masina Gelsomina
Anthony Quinn Zampano
Richard Basehart Matto "The Fool"
Al Silvani Mr. Giraffa
Marcella Rovena Actor
Livia Venturini The Sister

Technical Credits
Federico Fellini Director,Screenwriter
Leo Cattozzo Editor
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Franco Ferrara Musical Direction/Supervision
Ennio Flaiano Screenwriter
Otello Martelli Cinematographer
Tullio Pinelli Screenwriter
Carlo Ponti Producer
Brunello Rondi Art Director
Nino Rota Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- La Strada
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:28]
2. Ten Thousand Lire [4:18]
3. The Strongman [1:14]
4. Tools of the Trade [4:17]
5. Di Constanzo, Gelsomina [2:05]
6. Farce [2:30]
7. Lamb and Veal [5:16]
8. Waiting [4:02]
9. Tomatoes [2:10]
10. The Wedding Party [5:33]
11. Deeee-Dee-Dee-De-Deee [3:59]
12. Processions [3:17]
13. A Hundred and Twenty-Five Feet in the Air [2:34]
14. "Get In!" [2:28]
15. Roman Circus [3:28]
16. Circo Giraffa [5:48]
17. "A Very Sad Song" [5:45]
18. The Pebble [9:18]
19. The Jail [4:15]
20. The Convent [3:59]
21. "Do You Like Me a Little?" [4:54]
22. Flat Tire, Broken Watch [4:38]
23. "The Fool Is Hurt" [3:27]
24. "It's Cold" [6:27]
25. Circo Medini [5:05]
26. Zampanò's Song [5:00]
1. Introduction [2:28]
2. The Cast [4:18]
3. Zampanò's Carnival Act [1:14]
4. Gelsomina's Training [4:17]
5. Sexual Aggression [2:05]
6. Bad Puns and Animals [2:30]
7. Neorealism and Its Discontents [5:16]
8. Fellini's Aesthetic Goals [4:02]
9. Gelsomina Starts to Care [2:10]
10. "Everybody Likes Sweets" [5:33]
11. Gelsomina's Song [3:59]
12. Religious Symbolism [3:17]
13. Il Matto, or, the Fool [2:34]
14. Drunk? [2:28]
15. Rosa [3:28]
16. The Fool Is Too Quick [5:48]
17. The Love-Hate Triangle [5:45]
18. The Parable of the Pebble [9:18]
19. Housing Projects [4:15]
20. Catholicism [3:59]
21. Fellini's Women [4:54]
22. The Confrontation [4:38]
23. "The Fool Is Hurt" [3:27]
24. Thaw [6:27]
25. La Strada's Structure [5:05]
26. Zampanò's Song [5:00]
Side #2 -- Federico Fellini's Autobiography: Clips From His Life
1. A Journey [8:23]
2. Via Veneto [2:10]
3. Fellini at Work [3:16]
4. At the Station [3:11]
5. Awards and Festivals [12:02]
6. Juliet of the Spirits [7:49]
7. G. Mastorna, Satyricon [4:10]
8. Fellini and Bergman [2:22]
9. Venice [:55]
10. Sundays [4:18]
11. Rimini [6:33]

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