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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)
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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)

Did You Know?

The poem Maria recites is "Addio a Venezia" (1849) by Arnaldo Fusinato.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinema Paradiso (1988)See more »
L'elisir d'amoreSee more »


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Larger than life, 31 December 2013

This is a very small story--a poor woman tries to make her daughter a child movie star--but it has a tremendous, operatic performance from Anna Magnani. Magnani is like all other stage mothers in that the success she desires for the child is really her frustrated ambition for herself (her tiny daughter has no interest in acting, and whines and cries all through the picture), but unlike them in that she never loses her sense of humour. When she realises she has been cheated, instead of becoming outraged, she laughs at her own foolishness, briefly relaxing from her usual blind intensity to become a normal, likable woman.

Her character's desperation to escape her life is understandable when one sees the dump she lives in with her husband and child. The small, dilapidated flat with stained walls, in a building full of fat, sour- faced harpies in hideous housedresses--one never sees such horrors in Hollywood films. Too bad this neo-realism became old-style realism--we could use some of this today as a counter to the candy-floss world we see on TV and in the movies.

One amusing note: The film-struck Magnani says at one point to her husband, "Oh, Burt LanCASter! Molto gentile!" Three years later Lancaster would be playing her lover in The Rose Tattoo.

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