Anna is a nurse and a nun, whose history catches up on her.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
La madre superiora
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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Lost in a Love She Could Not Resist!


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20 December 1951 (Italy)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Almost all of the actors were dubbed, including the stars Silvana Mangano (by Lidia Simoneschi) and Vittorio Gassman (by Gualtiero De Angelis). A curiosity: Character actress Tina Lattanzi lent her voice to French actress Gaby Morlay but as she appears in the film herself, she was in turn dubbed by Giovanna Scotto. 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 Demonios en el jardín (1982) See more »


by Silvana Mangano
Sung by Flo Sandon's (Mammola Sandon)
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finally, saw it again!!! Brava!!Mangano!!
27 June 2003 | by (Fords,NJ) – See all my reviews

Finally found a vhs copy of Anna(1951) via Movie Classics...Bad copy chopped..sniped together but the essence of this sultry exciting Italian neo classic film is still there...Over 50 yrs since I first saw this film in the Regent Theatre in Newark,NJ with my family..but those images remain...Anna the Nun.,Anna the nurse, Anna the night club samba singer dancer, Anna the whore who loves one man & sensually lusts after another!!!!The songs "Anna" sung by Mangano(#1 Hit record) & also "Non Dimenticar" are unforgettable.. beautiful Mangano, the face of Italy has made some US films notably, Ulysseus,5 Branded Women, & The Tempest, but will be remembered by aging audiences as the supreme siren of neo classic Italian films, Bitter Rice,ANNA, & Gold of Naples etc...dont miss..& lets hope we get a better copy!!!

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