For those parents who want their children become high-achievers, please attend the lecture of Luchino Visconti and pay close attention to Anna Magnani's presentation, then you should realize nothing is bigger than letting your children be what they will be. This hilarious yet acute criticism of the phony vanity fair works because of the flamboyant Anna Magnani. She is magnificent.
With one of the greatest performances ever from Anna Magnani, Bellissima is a neorealist masterpiece that the overshadowing of another films of the movement is terrible, this is a magnificient film with a terrific confrontation to cinema business and what a mother is capable to do for her daughter. An inspiring and breathless film with complex characters and funny dialogues.
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.
I've watched only five Visconti films,and I loved them! Anna Magnani is terrific as a mother who wants her daughter to become an actress. "Bellissima" criticizes the cinema industry in a dramatic way that only a director like Visconti could have done.
A brilliant film on the idea of film-making. My favourite scene was the one in the house where the husband confronts her and we see how amazingly badass the acting of Magnani is. I loved the way the entire situation plays into these idea of what you honour most and shows how flawed even the most innocent are, how guilty and damaged and how bad ideas are in everyone of us.
I love all the films with Anna Magnani. She had not a conventional beauty but I think she was the most beautiful actress I've ever seen!But most of all is one of the greatest actresses in the cinema's story.
One of Viscontii;s neo realist films. This film is not as well know as Ossesione or The Leopdard. But is a wonderful film all the same. The film has Magnanai as a mother determined to get her six year old daughter into a film a Romes famous Cincinatti Studio. She plays the uber pushy mother and the child almost silent as opposed to her loud mum attend screentests and auditons. The film have much to say about postwar Italy in the fifties. The influence of Amercian films and their promise of escapism. As opposed to the realist films. Essentially the film operates as ecapism against realtity. Through her daughter the mother is tyring to escape poverty and in some respect escape into the magic of the cinema. Here represented by the hermtic world of Cinciinatti, a studio cut of seemingly from the povertiy of post war Italy. The images of the child are reminiscinent of American depression era silent film, a shot of the child crying tells you so much of the wrongness of the mothers ambition to make her a star. Through her involement with the cinema studio the mother finds a welcome escape from her brutish husband and has a flirtatious relationship with a small time actorr. Onec again some escape.