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La Strada Film Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of approximately 19 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of La Strada.
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Clown Face

One of the most famous pictures of this movie is Gelsomina dressed up with her clown makeup on. Gelsomina experiences many difficult trials during the movie, but she always keeps smiling. Even in the end, we find out from a woman who cared for her that Gelsomina was still happy sometimes.

The clown face represents Gelsomina's innocence and optimistic outlook on her life, even under the worst circumstances. Additionally, the clown face seems an ironic statement of the way both Gelsomina's and Zampano's lives work out: Gelsomina dies an unknown while Zampano collapses in tears on the beach after learning her fate.

Trumpet

Gelsomina begins learning to play the trumpet only to learn that she seemingly has no talent. Zampano becomes angry that Gelsomina cannot play, but eventually she learns from the Fool. In the beginning, the trumpet represents Gelsomina's incompetence, but by the end...

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