Bellissima
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Bellissima
This early Luchno Visconti drama stars Anna Magnani as an overbearing stage mother. Magnani's daughter (Tina Apicella) has zero talent, but Magnani raises such a ruckus at the studio after the girl's abortive screen test that the producers eventually find work for the girl. By this point, Magnani has renounced show business and, with daughter in tow, returns to her patient husband, who has been waiting for his wife to get her dreams of vicarious stardom out of her system. Based on a story by famed Italian scenarist (and frequent Fellini collaborator) Cesar Zavattini, Bellissima seems… More

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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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