Living Well in Litchfield County, Connecticut

May 31, 2023

Film Series: The Great Italian Auteurs

Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. + Q&A & Sunday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m.


Federico Fellini, LA STRADA (1956)

The first showing of Fellini’s LA STRADA will include a series introduction and Q&A after the film by Professor Joseph Luzzi to kick off the series.

Presenting The Moviehouse’s second series of Italian Film Classics curated by Joseph Luzzi. This time the focus is on the great auteurs of Italian cinema including masterworks by Fellini, Antonioni, and Pasolini. In addition to LA STRADA, films in the series include Antonioni’s L’AVVENTURA (1960) and Pasolini’s TEORAMA (1968).

Director: Federico Fellini

Writer(s): Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Carlo Ponti

Cast: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani, Marcella Rovere, Livia Venturini

With this breakthrough film, Federico Fellini launched both himself and his wife and collaborator Giulietta Masina to international stardom, breaking with the neorealism of his early career in favor of a personal, poetic vision of life as a bittersweet carnival. The infinitely expressive Masina registers both childlike wonder and heartbreaking despair as Gelsomina, loyal companion to the traveling strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn, in a toweringly physical performance), whose callousness and brutality gradually wear down her gentle spirit. Winner of the very first Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, La Strada possesses the purity and timeless resonance of a fable and remains one of cinema’s most exquisitely moving visions of humanity struggling to survive in the face of life’s cruelties.


1hr 48 mins / NR

[This film will be shown in restored 4K digital with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack.]

The Moviehouse, 48 Main Street, Millerton, NY 12546. 518-789-0022


Joseph Luzzi received his PhD from Yale University and is the Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature at Bard College, where he also teaches courses on film and Italian Studies. He is the author of five books, including his most recent work, Botticelli’s Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance (Norton, 2022), a New Yorker’s Best Books of 2022, and Guardian Book of the Day selection. His other books include Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (Yale University Press, 2008), which received the MLA’s Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies; A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), a finalist for the international prize “The Bridge Book” Award; My Two Italies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; and In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love (HarperCollins, 2015), which has been translated into multiple languages. Learn More


Tickets: $16 / Superstar Members $14


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