Post-synchronous sound was (and still is) common in Italian
film. A good description of the practice for the westerns is in
Frayling's book Spaghetti Westerns which describes a film where the
actors spoke English, Italian and German during production. In
the English subtitled version of La strada, Quinn is speaking Italian in
my opinion. The Italian version of A Fistful of Dollars loses a great
deal without Clint Eastwood.
Bowling Green State University
On Tue, 19 Jan 1999, Ron Hoffman wrote:
> In showing my classes "foreign film" videos I always choose subtitled
> versions. However, I need some advice concerning Fellini's La Strada. As
> I understand it, the film was made with a cast speaking both Italian and
> English, e.g. Masina--Italian, Basehart--English. What about Quinn? Is he
> speaking English or Italian. The problem I face is that if Quinn is
> speaking English and the Italian version of the film is dubbing the
> Italian, and further, since Masina speaks very little throughout the film
> (her great performance being essentially mime), then the majority of the
> dialogue is in English, and it would make sense to use the dubbed-in
> English version rather than the subtitled one.
> I would appreciate any help in this matter. Thanks in advance.
> Ron Hoffman
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