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Bellissima -- Anna Magnani stars as a screen-struck mother, convinced that her daughter's star potential is her ticket to a better life. Risking everything in pursuit of her dream, Maddalena (Magnani) finally arranges a screen test for her child, only to realize the cruel reality beneath the shimmering veneer of the filmmaking industry.


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Release Date:
4 January 1952 (Italy) See more »
A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Anna Magnani ... 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 ... Photographer
Nora Ricci ... Laundry Worker
Vittorina Benvenuti
Linda Sini ... Mimmetta
Teresa Battaggi ... Snob Mother
Gisella Monaldi ... Door-keeper
Amalia Pellegrini
Luciana Ricci
Giuseppina Arena
Liliana Mancini ... Iris (as Iris)
Alessandro Blasetti ... Himself
Mario Chiari ... Himself
Luigi Filippo D'Amico ... Himself (as Filippo Mercati)
George Tapparelli ... Himself (as Geo Tapparelli)
Scuola di Ballo del Teatro dell'Opera ... Le bambine
Orchestra Sinfonica della Radiotelevisione Italiana ... Themselves - Orchestra (as del Coro e dell'Orchestra della R.A.I.)
Coro della Radiotelevisione Italiana ... Themselves - Coro (as del Coro e dell'Orchestra della R.A.I.)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luciano Caruso ... (uncredited)
Michele Di Giulio ... (uncredited)

Mario Donatone ... (uncredited)
Franco Ferrara ... Il direttore d'orchestra della R.A.I. (uncredited)
Pietro Fumelli ... (uncredited)
Corrado Mantoni ... Announcer (uncredited)
Lilly Marchi ... (uncredited)
Sonia Marinelli ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Guido Martufi ... Young Boy at Hair-Dresser's Shop (uncredited)
Vittorio Musy Glori ... Himself (uncredited)
Anna Nighel ... (uncredited)
Lina Rossoni ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Luchino Visconti 
Writing credits
Cesare Zavattini (story)

Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) &
Francesco Rosi (screenplay) &
Luchino Visconti (screenplay)

Produced by
Salvo D'Angelo .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Piero Portalupi 
Paul Ronald 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
Production Design by
Gianni Polidori 
Costume Design by
Piero Tosi 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Paolo Moffa .... production manager
Vittorio Musy Glori .... production manager (as Vittorio Glori)
Orlando Orsini .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francesco Rosi .... assistant director
Franco Zeffirelli .... assistant director
Art Department
Italo Tomassi .... construction department head (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ovidio Del Grande .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Idelmo Simonelli .... camera operator
Oberdan Troiani .... camera operator
Paul Ronald .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Rinaldo Ricci .... editing secretary
Music Department
Gaetano Donizetti .... music: based on "L'Elisir d'Amore"
Franco Ferrara .... conductor
Franco Mannino .... music supervisor
Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma .... orchestra (as Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro dell'Opera)
Other crew
Spartaco Conversi .... production secretary
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Japan:115 min | USA:108 min | UK:100 min | West Germany:115 min | Argentina:110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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The poem Maria recites is "Addio a Venezia" (1849) by Arnaldo Fusinato.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Volver (2006/I)See more »
L'elisir d'amoreSee more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A tour-de-force, 6 August 2006
Author: Martin Bradley ( from Derry, Ireland

Anna Magnani is magnificent as a pushy show-biz mother determined to get her daughter into the movies. She's like an early prototype of Bette Midler but she's more down-to-earth and with a greater propensity for feeling. (Midler could do the comedy but not the pathos). The film is charming but for a Visconti movie, it's slight. It's a great director's trifle about the movies; he enjoys poking fun at the stereotypes he's worked with in more serious films. It's laugh out loud funny.

The film doesn't offer any insights into the movie-making process and even the wheeling and dealing seems perfunctory. At times you wish maybe Visconti had gone a little deeper. (At the end he makes a point that the movies can be shallow but we know that already). Take Magnani out of the equation and there really isn't much left. She's the life-force that holds it together. It really is a great piece of acting.

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