Come join the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as we present 8 1/2, the final film in the An Italian Master: Federico Fellini Film Series at the Headquarters Library on Monday, May 24th at 7:00 pm.
Come join the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as we present La Strada, the first film in the An Italian Master: Federico Fellini film series at the Headquarters Library on Monday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm.
The bubbly, waiflike Gelsomina (Guilietta Masina) is a simpleton sold to the gruff, bullying circus strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) as a servant and assistant. Treated no better than an animal, Gelsomina nonetheless falls in love with the brute Zampanò. When they join a small circus they meet Il Matto (Richard Basehart), a clown who enchants Gelsomina and relentlessly taunts Zampanò, whose inability to control his hatred of Il Matto (literally, "the Fool") leads to their expulsion from the circus and eventually to the film's fateful conclusion.
Absurd, baroque, neorealism, surreal, and bizarre are all used to describe Federico Fellini’s film style, but none of them quite capture the true essence of his films. His famous and unique style of storytelling, which was largely autobiographical, blended reality and fantasy and was so distinct that it became known as Felliniesque.