5 MOVIES SIMILAR TO LA STRADA
When Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), a naïve young woman, is purchased from her impoverished mother by brutish circus strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) to be his wife and partner, she loyally endures her husband’s coldness and abuse as they travel the Italian countryside performing together. Soon Zampanò must deal with his jealousy and conflicted feelings about Gelsomina when she finds a kindred spirit in Il Matto (Richard Basehart), the carefree circus fool, and contemplates leaving Zampanò.
1. NIGHTS OF CABIRIA
The magnificent Giulietta Masina (Fellini’s wife) plays an eternally optimistic Rome streetwalker with a heart of gold and a head of cotton candy in her husband’s Oscar-winning masterpiece. This funny, poignant classic inspired the musical “Sweet Charity” and is a must-see for Fellini fans.
2. 8 1/2
Troubled Italian filmmaker Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) struggles with creative stasis as he attempts to get a new movie off the ground. Overwhelmed by his work and personal life, the director retreats into his thoughts, which often focus on his loves, both past and present, and frequently wander into fantastical territory. As he tries to sort out his many entanglements, romantic and otherwise, Anselmi finds his production becoming more and more autobiographical.
Fleeing a rapist, a woman finds a wealth of unusual material for her diary when she seeks refuge at an isolated villa.
A fatherly chemistry professor (Geoffrey Rush) indulges two young lovers (Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish) in their ever-increasing heroin habits. Eventually the pair, an artist named Candy and an aspiring poet named Dan, become caught in a harrowing downward spiral of drug dependency and failed efforts to get clean.
5. LOVES OF A BLONDE
Andula (Hana Brejchova), an innocent Czech girl from a factory town, is desperately in search of love. She believes she’s found it when she beds Milda (Vladimir Pucholt), a charming young musician visiting from Prague. Milda, however, is only looking for a casual encounter, and leaves town assuming he’ll never see Andula again. But when Andula doesn’t hear from him, she packs up and heads to Prague, to the surprise of Milda and his parents (Milada Jezkova, Josef Sebanek).