When it comes to Italian neorealist movies, the only
movie that rivals De Sica's Umberto D. in the tear-jerk department is Federico
Fellini's heartbreaking La Strada (1954).
Fellini's wife Giulietta Masina plays Gelsomina, a simple, pure-hearted girl
devoted to the brutish circus strong man Zampano (Anthony Quinn), who bought
her from her impoverished family to assist in his act. Quinn's scene on the
beach will resonate with anyone who finally recognizes what really matters in
life, but only when it's too late. | It screens Monday, August 29 at the Coolidge, 290 Harvard St, Brookline
| 7 pm | $9; $6 seniors | 617.734.2501 or coolidge.org.