54. La Strada (Federico Fellini, 1954)
The premise for this film is that some idiot girl, played annoying by Fellini’s wife Giulietta Masina, is sold off by her poor family to circus strongman Anthony Quinn. She becomes his partner in his act. Quinn is a total prick who basically abuses her, and she shuts up takes it. That’s your movie.
Masina mugs for the camera the whole movie, making these stupid faces that you want to punch, and she takes so much shit from Quinn, that you wonder why she stays. There was one point where she could have left and went off with an equally annoying performer called “The Fool”. All that guy does is run around like a spaz. His laugh is this completely and utterly irritating high-pitched giggle, and he does it constantly. He is equally punchable.
There’s like 6 scenes of her dancing and playing with children, which get old very quickly. I guess she’s supposed to be gentle, childlike soul or something. I just thought she was retarded.
It’s always a bad sign when the characters that you are supposed to sympathize with annoy the shit out of you. This movie has that in spades. This is in conjunction with the fact that Anthony Quinn’s character is so unsympathetic that you can’t even find solace in him.
This movie is highly punchable.
The poster isn’t bad though.
On filmaffinity.com I gave this film 5/10. I don’t know why it’s even a 5.