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Bellissima (1951)






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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 too trivial a story to be given the tender loving care provided by Visconti. Originally released at 130 minutes, the film was honed down to 90 minutes for American consumption.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Luchino Visconti, Cesare Zavattini, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Francesco Rosi
In Theaters:
I.F.E. Releasing Corporation


Anna Magnani
as Maddalena Cecconi
Walter Chiari
as Alberto Annovazzi
Gastone Renzelli
as Spartaco Cecconi
Tina Apicella
as Maria Cecconi
Arturo Bragaglia
as Photographer
Tecla Scarano
as Elocution Teacher
Linda Sina
as Mimmetta
Vittorio Musy Glori
as Himself (uncredited)
Linda Sini
as Mimmetta
Geo Taparelli
as Himself (as Geo Tapp...
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Critic Reviews for Bellissima

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 31, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 25, 2015
Parallax View

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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Bellissima

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 to enroll her little daughter in the film part competition. An amusing and touching story that has its heart in the right place.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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