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

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Maddalena Cecconi
Walter Chiari ...
Alberto Annovazzi
Tina Apicella ...
Maria Cecconi
Gastone Renzelli ...
Spartaco Cecconi
Tecla Scarano ...
Tilde Spernanzoni
Lola Braccini ...
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Vittorina Benvenuti
Linda Sini ...
Mimmetta
Teresa Battaggi ...
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Gisella Monaldi ...
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Amalia Pellegrini
Luciana Ricci
Giuseppina Arena
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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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4 January 1952 (Italy)  »

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The poem Maria recites is "Addio a Venezia" (1849) by Arnaldo Fusinato. See more »

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Il valzer dello zigo zago
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Magnani and Visconti
29 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was as if I had taken a time machine back to 1951. Sitting at the open theater of Tiberina Island in Rome, Anna Magnani's voice bounced off the ancient angles of this stunning roman spot. "Bellissima" is a timeless masterpiece. A rarity in Visconti's oeuvre. He puts all of his uncanny attention to detail to the service of Magnani's bombastic, tender, funny, extraordinary performance. Visconti knew how to bring the best in his actors. Even Maria Callas who, under Visconti's guidance, went from the greatest Opera singer to the greatest actress singing Opera. There are moments in "Bellissima" that can only be described as a love letter from Visconti to Magnani and vice versa. She has a few close ups that tells us how much love, respect and admiration existed between this two enormous artists. Look at her moments in the mirror, combing her hair naturally, debating under her breath the proper pronunciation of a word. She, not a conventional beauty, looks ravishing. The message about the dangers of immediate fame and fortune could have been written today. If you have a chance, don't miss it. If you love film, it's a must!


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