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.