Bellissima (1951)






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Movie Info

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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Cesare Zavattini, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Francesco Rosi, Luchino Visconti
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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
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Full Review… | October 31, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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... 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, makes it difficult 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 the heart in the right place.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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