(93) This is a special kind of movie. La Strada enchants the viewer, shocks and saddens the viewer, even coerces those watching into introspection. It’s deeply spiritual and philosophical without resorting to grandiose spectacle or soap-boxing to make its point. When Richard Basehart reflects that every pebble has a purpose, he’s only hinting at a humanitarian theme that plays out with every beat of each scene, saturating the whole picture. La Strada will reward those who will take the journey and delight any fan of classic cinema.
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