Bellissima Reviews

June 19, 2018
It lacks the emotional validity needed for the denouement.
April 25, 2015
... this is about ruthless competition to break into show business with Anna Magnani as the working-class woman turned aggressive stage mother ...
April 29, 2012
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.
August 28, 2006
In addition to being a beautifully told story, Bellissima is the first honest self-portrait of the cinema.
January 1, 2000
Perhaps the most unjustly neglected of Luchino Visconti's early films is this hilarious 1951 comedy.