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Anna (1951)

 -  Drama  -  20 December 1951 (Italy)
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Anna is a nurse and a nun, whose history catches up on her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gaby Morlay ...
La madre superiora
Jacques Dumesnil ...
Il professor Ferri
Vittorio (as Vittorio Gassmann)
Patrizia Mangano ...
Natascia Mangano ...
Lucia Manzi
Piero Lulli ...
Il dottor Manzi
Dina Romano ...
Suor Paolina
Rosita Pisano ...
Suor Carmela
Bianca Doria ...
Una partoriente
Rocco D'Assunta ...
Un padre
Lyla Rocco ...
Un'infermiera (as Lilla Rocco)
Dina Perbellini ...
Una malata
Emilio Petacci ...
Il colonnello Zenner


Anna, a former sexy nightclub dancer who has become a hospital nurse, is on the verge of taking the veil. One day, She recognizes Andrea, her former fiancé, among the patients. Her troubled past suddenly comes back to her. Though engaged to Andrea, she was attracted to Vittorio, the owner of the nightclub where she performed as a singer and dancer. After Vittorio attempted to rape her, Andrea killed him. Following this tragedy. Anna decided to go into a convent. Andrea, who has been acquitted, now tries to persuade Anna to come back to him but at this very moment it is announced that a train has been derailed. Anna then understands that she must dedicate herself to her new vocation. Written by Guy Bellinger

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20 December 1951 (Italy)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The song "El negro zumbon", known as "Anna" in the U.S., was a million-selling single on MGM Records in 1953. (The recording was taken directly from the soundtrack of the film.) Contrary to popular belief, the lyrics aren't in Italian, they're in Spanish. And it is not Silvana Mangano we hear, but the voice of Italian singer Flo Sandon's. See more »


When Anna is performing "El negro zumbon", she is initially shown dancing in a medium distance shot and her arms are fully outstretched. As she begins to sing there is a cut to a closeup and her right hand is now directly in front of her face. See more »


Featured in Cinema Paradiso (1988) See more »


by Silvana Mangano
Sung by Flo Sandon's (Mammola Sandon)
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Anna: a memorable film
17 November 2001 | by (Fords,NJ) – See all my reviews

Long before Sophia, Gina or Monica there was Silvana, both beautiful! and could act as well. As a child my ItalianAmerican parents took me to see her films that made it across the Atlantic, namely the classic Bitter Rice, and Anna ... Both were great films, but Anna was unforgettable, the mood the score and the performances were just great. I realize it must be 50 yrs. since Ive seen this film/ maybe once on TV! Never appears in revival houses... It should be seen.. It is not on USA tape,(Bitter Rice is sometimes shown on Bravo), Im going to contact TCM and Bravo to please revive this movie. It had 2 hit songs "Anna" # 1 hit, sung by Mangano herself, and "Non Dimenticar" done by everyone including Nat King Cole, Jerry Vale and others. If someone is aware of a video release please let me know... long live Anna and its sultry sexy star, who people are forgetting, Silvana Mangano!

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