The ending is extreme and frustrating. Maddalena has learned her lesson, but at the cost of everything and everyone. Now, finally, when she needs it, she won't sell out. She's managed to help her husband arc into a more sensitive, less abusive person - he'd previously been vilified. They both had their fair share of villainy. The two end shots are perfect, on the parents' embrace, and the coda push-in on their child.
Bellissima was primarily characterized by medium shots in which the figures and parts of the background were visible. However, in this dramatic shot featuring Maria, it is clear that Visconti wanted to not only visually confront the viewer but also emotionally confront the viewer. Moreover, this tactic visually cues the viewer to recognize that the climax is taking place.
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.
Anna Magnani is a true delight!
*Review coming soon*