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

Director:

Alberto Lattuada

Writers:

Giuseppe Berto (as Berto Giuseppe), Franco Brusati (as Brusati Franco) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Silvana Mangano ... Anna
Gaby Morlay ... La madre superiora
Raf Vallone ... Andrea
Jacques Dumesnil ... Il professor Ferri
Vittorio Gassman ... Vittorio (as Vittorio Gassmann)
Patrizia Mangano Patrizia Mangano ... Luisa
Natascia Mangano Natascia Mangano ... Lucia Manzi
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Il dottor Manzi
Dina Romano Dina Romano ... Suor Paolina
Rosita Pisano Rosita Pisano ... Suor Carmela
Bianca Doria Bianca Doria ... Una partoriente
Rocco D'Assunta Rocco D'Assunta ... Un padre
Lyla Rocco Lyla Rocco ... Un'infermiera (as Lilla Rocco)
Dina Perbellini Dina Perbellini ... Una malata
Emilio Petacci Emilio Petacci ... Il colonnello Zenner
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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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Trivia

Italian Censorship visa # 11009 delivered on 4-12-1951. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Referenced in A Place to Call Home: The Ghosts of Christmas Past (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

El negro zumbón
(Baião de Anna)
Music by Armando Trovajoli (as Roman Vatro)
Lyrics by Francesco Giordano
Sung by Flo Sandon's (Mammola Sandon)
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Silvana: The Face Of A Nun
13 September 2000 | by Patrick-139See all my reviews

I think this is one of the most beautiful Italian films ever made and I know my views are shared by many! The wildly, beautiful Silvano and the late Vittorio Gassman are excellent in their roles. The songs and dances by Silvana can only be compared to the 'heat' generated by Rita Hayworth in "Gilda"--and you will find yourself loving those love songs for the rest of your life. When she becomes "Sister" Anna: you'll want to have a box of tissues handy.

Lovely Sophia Loren makes one of her first appearances in this beautiful film directed by Carlo Ponti.


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Language:

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Release Date:

20 December 1951 (Italy) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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