Thoughts on La Strada

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 9:28 PM By Simon

-A naive young (Giulietta Masina) is sold by her impoverished mother to the brutish strongman (Anthony Quinn) to replace her previously sold sister Rosa, now dead. The two go on the road as part of his show, which consists of puffing his chest until a chain breaks and some comedy stuff.

-Giulliette Masina is like the female Chaplin. Her character here, often going from silly and clownish to depressed and miserable, an abused stooge to Anthony Quinn's asshole one-man circus, and you just want to give her a hug, she's just so sad. She'll smile at the strangest times, this delirious smile that could either lead to a laugh or a cry.

-Anthony Quinn's character, as mentioned, is a douchebag. Although Masina is eager to help and learn, he still relies on outright cruelty to train her to be a good assistant, and rarely, if ever, treats her kindly. Quinn makes a good tough guy, though.

-A lighthearted tone even as situations get direly depressing, and a simple story that gets more complicated if you try to analyze it, as often will happen. Poetic, an vibe that it is incomplete, a lukewarmness, you'll laugh in the face of the movie's...not nihilism. Anti-optimism.

-Next time I get a pet, I'm naming it Il Matto.

-Seriously, go Il Matto.


D Swizzle said...

you should write about your obsession with the That 70's Show Cast being sleeper spies or something.

September 1, 2010 at 1:12 AM
Simon said...

Danielle, that would be pedestrian, and besides, everyone knows already. It's kind of obvious.

September 1, 2010 at 3:55 AM
Colin Biggs said...

Quinn is really a despicable (for a lack of a better word) asshole. I had a hard time feeling bad for him on the beach at the conclusion.

September 1, 2010 at 9:21 AM
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