Tema della strada

 

A critic conversing with Nino Rota at the age of eleven just prior to a performance of his oratorio, The Childhood of St. John the Baptist, in 1923:

Critic: “Do you like playing?”

Rota: “Whenever I can … Is it hard to write for a newspaper?”

Critic: “It’s not easy to do a good article”

Rota: “Have you come from Brussels specially to hear my oratorio?”

Critic: “I certainly have, my little friend.”

Rota: “That’s really funny. I won’t be conducting it tonight. Yesterday the double bass snubbed me”

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Nino Rota (December 3, 1911 – April 10, 1979)

“When I’m creating at the piano, I tend to feel happy; but – the eternal dilemma – how can we be happy amid the unhappiness of others? I’d do everything I could to give everyone a moment of happiness. That’s what’s at the heart of my music.”

Giulietta Masina

Giulietta Masina

“Mr. Fellini says that his wife sometime resists his view of her talents, which he summarizes as ‘a mingling of youngish and clownish.’ But make no mistake: in suggesting that his wife is a clown, Mr. Fellini means no insult. ‘The clown is the aristocracy of acting,’ he says. ‘To be a clown means to have the possibility of making people cry and laugh.’

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Giulietta Masina on the set of La Strada (1954, dir. Federico Fellini)

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“Mr. Fellini says that his wife sometime resists his view of her talents, which he summarizes as ‘a mingling of youngish and clownish.’ But make no mistake: in suggesting that his wife is a clown, Mr. Fellini means no insult. ‘The clown is the aristocracy of acting,’ he says. ‘To be a clown means to have the possibility of making people cry and laugh.’”