Museo Bowers invites you to meet Federico Fellini at his best in La Strada (“The Road”), the auteur filmmaker’s 1954 black and white psycho-biography of a childhood, a culture, a mythology. Its Cinema Italiano series showing of his classic story gets legendary performances from the heartbreakingly beautiful Giulietta Masina as Gelsomina the exploited if redeemed naif, Anthony Quinn as Zampanò the brutal he-man and Richard Basehart as the doomed philosopher acrobat, each an embodiment of features of the director’s own personality, conscience and artistic temperament. Street performers and circus folk both follow his whims and rebel against the puppetry of their character roles and Fellini’s sadistic, sentimental fatalism. You will weep. You must!
Do you love attending Cinema Italiano but don’t love the subtitles? Arrive early for basic Italian language classes led by Italian Language Professor Petra Petry. Classes and screenings will take place in the Norma Kershaw Auditorium.
12:30 – 1:30 PM | Introductory Italian
1:30 PM | Break
2 – 4 PM | Film screening
SUNDAY | December 16
La strada – La Strada (1954, 108 MIN)
A carefree girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.
Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Arts Council, an affiliate council of the Bowers Museum.
Free for Members | General $12