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Critic Reviews for Bellissima
Perhaps the most unjustly neglected of Luchino Visconti's early films is this hilarious 1951 comedy.
... this is about ruthless competition to break into show business with Anna Magnani as the working-class woman turned aggressive stage mother ...
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.
In addition to being a beautifully told story, Bellissima is the first honest self-portrait of the cinema.
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 a film part competition, in this amusing and touching story that has its heart in the right place.
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