Bellissima (1951)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 22, 1951
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Perhaps the most unjustly neglected of Luchino Visconti's early films is this hilarious 1951 comedy.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

In addition to being a beautifully told story, Bellissima is the first honest self-portrait of the cinema.

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Carlos Magalh„es
Anna Magnani is a true Italian delight, so charismatic and funny, makes it difficult not to sympathize with her character for trying so hard to enroll her… More