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Anna Magnani scores as a Roman mother who's determined to make her sweet little daughter into a movie star, even though the kid has no talent. A funny, touching drama that offers some fascinating glimpses behind the scenes of the Italian film industry. Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D'Amico and Francesco Rosi, adapting a story by Cesare Zavattini.

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Perhaps the most unjustly neglected of Luchino Visconti's early films is this hilarious 1951 comedy."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A great introduction to the work of Anna Magnani and Italian neorealist director Luchino Visconti. The dialogue overlaps and everyone speaks quickly, so in all honesty it's a challenge to watch in Italian with English subtitles. But it's also rewarding."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"In addition to being a beautifully told story, Bellissima is the first honest self-portrait of the cinema."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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