About

When Gelsomina, a naïve young woman, is purchased from her impoverished mother by brutish circus strongman Zampanò to be his wife and partner, she loyally endures her husband's coldness and abuse as they travel the Italian countryside performing together. Soon Zampanò must deal with his jealousy and conflicted feelings about Gelsomina when she finds a kindred spirit in Il Matto, the carefree circu...

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Directed by

Federico Fellini

Written by

Federico Fellini (Screenplay)
Ennio Flaiano (Screenplay)
Tullio Pinelli (Screenplay)

Runtime

115 minutes

Country

Italy

Language

Italian

Tagline

Filmed in Italy - where it happened!

Cast

Keywords

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Lists

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

#69 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Awards

Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film Dino De Laurentiis

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Original Federico Fellini Tullio Pinelli