One thing for sure is this has some of the greatest music I've ever heard in a film. Nino Rota really outdid himself with the soundtrack to this film. It's full of passion and perfectly suits the film. If it wasn't for Rota's music Fellini's films would have never had impact that they did. In the same sense that Sergio Leone's films would be garbage without the music of Ennio Morricone. Actually wait, a better example would be Francis Ford Copalla without Nino Rota. I don't think the Godfather would have had as big of an impact without Rota's music. The Score to The Godfather is pretty much the best thing about the films. I don't think he did the soundtrack to part three. Not sure if he was alive then. Another reason why that film blows.
Some brilliant scenes in this film. Especially the one where Giulietta Massina (Gelsomina) is sitting quietly by a dirt road as 3 members of a marching band walk by playing their instruments urging her to follow them. This film is filled with beautiful moments like that.
If you're a first time Fellini viewer I would definetly reccomend La Strada.
The English soundtrack on this LD is flawless...not
a single "dropoff" from start to finish.
So...my hunch is that somebody at Criterion fouled
up somehow and the result is several minutes of
I'm still happy,however,that I purchased the DVD
because the video quality is outstanding!
But that's going off at a tangent; the films are pretty to watch and this one has a particularly interesting context (Fellini wanting to break through the confines of the familiar neo-realist tradition of that period in Italian cinema etc.), but the razzle dazzle and surface beauty of the film while captivating at first soon becomes, quite frankly, boring.
The plot details can be read in the editorial review above, so I'll just make some comments. First of all, the story is unforgetable. If you are a lover of high art and are open-minded to the classics of cinema, there is no way you will walk away from this film unaffected. The powerful performance by Quinn, the heartbreaking, delicate perfomance by Masina, and the comical, yet touching performance by Basehart combine to produce one of the greatest ensemble performances I have ever seen on screen. Together with Fellini's magical touch, a masterpiece of cinema is born. The story is funny, yet sad....simple, yet thought-provoking. In all, it rightly deserves to be called a classic, and I recommend it to anyone who has a true appreciation of film.
Criterion Collection has done it again with another beautiful package. The transfer is near flawless. The picture is practicaly blemish free, and the unforgettable Nino Rota score is clear and vibrant. Since I just got this DVD, I haven't gotten a chance to view all the extras, but this is a double-disc set from Criterion, which usually means that its packed to the brim with wonderful supplemantal material.Read more ›