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A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maddalena Cecconi
Walter Chiari ...
Alberto Annovazzi
Tina Apicella ...
Maria Cecconi
Gastone Renzelli ...
Spartaco Cecconi
Tecla Scarano ...
Tilde Spernanzoni
Lola Braccini ...
Photographer's Wife
Arturo Bragaglia ...
Nora Ricci ...
Laundry Worker
Vittorina Benvenuti
Linda Sini ...
Teresa Battaggi ...
Snob Mother
Gisella Monaldi ...
Amalia Pellegrini
Luciana Ricci
Giuseppina Arena


Film director Blasetti is looking for a little girl for his new movie. Along with other mothers, Maddelena takes her daugther to Cinecittà, hoping she'll be selected and become a star. She is ready to sacrifice anything for little Maria, even if her husband would prefer they save their little money for the rent, instead of paying teachers, hairdressers or bribes for her illusions. Written by Yepok

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Release Date:

4 January 1952 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Bellísima  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A masterpiece about the "dream industry" and shattered dreams
27 January 2004 | by (Somewhere in Europe) – See all my reviews

A wonderful, poignant masterpiece by the great Visconti and Anna-the-Great-Magnani. On the surface, it is a simple story about a mother's obsession to use her little daughter's appearance to escape the poverty of post-war Italy. What transpires is the cruel truth about the beauty- and illusion-making industry (cinema), with all its inherent cynicism, at a time when hunger for the daily bread was equaled by hunger for fantasy and beauty.

I've seen this movie only once, ages ago, and it still remains with me as one of the most unforgettable films I have ever seen. In a world that has seen hundreds of thousands of films that is no small feat.

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