Tag Archives: 1950s

Federico Fellini – La strada [+Commentary] (1954)

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There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampanò encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La strada, Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide. The Criterion Collection is proud to present La strada, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1956. Read More »

Vittorio De Seta – Surfarara AKA Solfatara (1955)

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Harshness and beauty exist side by side in this look at the lives of sulfur mine workers and their families in southern Italy. Read More »

Otto Preminger & Rouben Mamoulian – Porgy and Bess (1959)

A woman whose past is scorned by nearly everyone around her meets a man who’d love her regardlessly- if only everyone else would allow them to. Read More »

Vittorio De Seta – Un giorno in Barbagia AKA A Day in Barbagia (1958)

From sunrise to sunset, Vittorio De Seta chronicles the lives of Sardinian women who look after both home and fields while their shepherd husbands are away tending their flocks. Read More »

Vittorio De Seta – Isole di fuoco AKA Islands of Fire (1955)

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This prize-winning short is a poetic portrait of life on the coast of Sicily before, during, and following a volcanic eruption. Read More »

Vittorio De Seta – Pastori di Orgosolo AKA Orgosolo’s Shepherds (1958)

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The striking landscapes of rural Sardinia provide the backdrop to this lyrical look at the hardscrabble lives of the region’s shepherds in winter. Read More »

Vittorio De Seta – I dimenticati AKA The Forgotten (1959)

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Vittorio De Seta travels to a remote province in southern Italy to capture a unique celebration known as the “Feast of Silver.” Read More »