April 15, 2008
This is the first film I've seen by famed Italian directer Fellini. I very much liked it, and it was truly carried by the unique acting strengths of the female lead, Giulietta Masina. She brings such a childlike wonder and her face emotes so much with just a look, she's very captivating. Anthony Quinn also plays his boarish character so convinvingly that Darby and I suspected he was not really acting.
I very much like films that open you up to a world that you didn't even know existed. In this one, it's the life of the travelling circus performer post WWII. Very Very interesting (and... depressing.)
It's a very sad tale, tragic in the end. But captivating, very accessible, and worth your time. I've been on a good run with the old foreign films lately (this one was released in 1954).
3 out of 4 – You should like this film.
Posted by jason on April 15, 2008 05:28 PM
Interesting back story to google Fellini and Masina. He was a "national treasure" and they were married for 50 years!
Posted by: Chris on April 17, 2008 06:43 AM
that is the first film i saw of him too... very nice... and perhaps my first black and white one too.
Posted by: t q on April 21, 2008 01:14 PM