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La Strada (1954)

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Commentary 1: Film historian Peter Bondanella Rating:8.2/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on January 9th, 2006:Find all reviews by The Cubist
He goes into great detail about the filmís themes, the filmmaking techniques that Fellini used and their effects, and its relation to the filmmakerís other works. Bondanella also addresses Felliniís fascination with the circus. The filmmaker felt it showcased various forms of entertainment from one act to another with no relation to each other and this represented his love for the diversity of humanity. Bondanella's commentary is also filled with interesting anecdotal information. For example, producer Dino De Laurentiis originally wanted Burt Lancaster to play Zampano because the actor used to be a professional acrobat before he became a thespian.
Reviewed by Therealmrspock on March 20th, 2018:Find all reviews by Therealmrspock
Bondanella delivers a quality commentary, with no pauses. He does a few interesting observations about the film (when Zampano throws Gelsomina in his truck near the beginning, and it fades to black, it is treated as an implied rape scene; some have seen it as an allegory on abusive men treating their wives; when the fool dies, his message about everyone having a purpose disappears for Gelsomina, as well) as well as a few interesting trivia bits (allegedly Walt Disney was interested in doing a comic book based on Gelsomina!). Somewhat dry at times, but overall a great job. 8/10