Bellissima (1951)

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… 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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TV Guide

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

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... this is about ruthless competition to break into show business with Anna Magnani as the working-class woman turned aggressive stage mother ...

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