June 27, 2012

La Strada

La Strada, 1954. A girl is sold to a traveling performer.

Directed by Federico Fellini. Written by Fellini, Tullio Pinelli & Ennio Flaiano; story by Fellini & Pinelli. Starring Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina & Richard Basehart.

Concept: 3/4 (Good)
Story: 3/4 (Good)
Characters: 4/4 (Great)
Dialog: 3/4 (Good)
Pacing: 1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 4/4 (Great). Masina plays her part as a clown, not as an actress; very unusual and very memorable.
Music: 4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites, 4/4 5/4). I was about to give this a 6/10, but realized at the last minute that it's a 9. Very odd. The first time I saw it, I appreciated it but didn't really like it. The more I thought about it, though, the more it grew on me. What's interesting about that is that I kept thinking about it. I'd seen it once, more than four years ago, but when I watched it for the second time, a couple days ago, it was as familiar as watching a movie I'd grown up on. Gelsomina leaves her mark. Even though it's a slow, often boring movie, I have to admit it's become important to me; it takes up a surprisingly large space in my cultural universe.
Objective Rating (Average): 3.2/4 3.3/4 (Very good)

(update of a previous post - original is here)

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