Classic Italian drama co-written and directed by Federico Fellini.
The film follows Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), a young girl who is sold by her impoverished mother to a travelling performer named Zampano (Anthony Quinn) in exchange for some food. With his act involving breaking a metal chain wrapped around his chest, Zampano attempts to incorporate Gelsomina into his routine by teaching her to perform a drum roll as part of his introduction.
However, when the pair join up with a small travelling circus, fellow performer Il Matto (Richard Basehart) soon questions the way Zampano treats Gelsomina, leaving her facing a number of tough choices as she contemplates her future. The cast also includes Aldo Silvani, Marcella Rovere and Livia Venturini.
New Interview with director Julian Jarrold
New Interview with Peter Matthews, Senior Lecturer, Film & Television, London College of Communication
The Guardian Interview: Anthony Quinn (recorded at the BFI in 1995)
Giulietta Masina 1955 Cannes interview
Audio commentary by Chris Weigand on selected scenes