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January 25, 2008
Anna Magnani has really rocked my world.
½ January 16, 2008
moving!!!!!!!!!
italian neorealism at its best...
December 31, 2007
The magnificent Anna Magnani gives one her very best performances in this heartbreaking mother-daughter drama by the great Luchino Visconti
December 28, 2007
Non typical movie about the love of the mother. It takes time to see it from the mother´s view. Magnani in one of her best roles...
½ December 9, 2007
An intimist Visconti served by an excellent Anna Magnani
November 8, 2007
Anna Magnani in one of her best performances ever: intense
September 5, 2007
Je l'ai vu plein de fois quand j'étais petite, je l'adorais!
August 14, 2007
Great Magnani rocks the world in one of Viscontis absolute master pieces. The screening-room scene is the most beautiful scene in a film about film ever.
July 3, 2007
Luchino Visconti explores the rather repulsive film industry phenomenon of stage mothers. The magnificent Anna Magnani plays the ambitious mother, who pushes her unexceptional young daughter too far.
February 2, 2007
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.
½ December 19, 2006
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.
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