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Beautiful (1951)

Bellissima (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | October 1953 (UK)
A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies.

Director:

Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Cesare Zavattini (story), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Magnani ... Maddalena Cecconi
Walter Chiari ... Alberto Annovazzi
Tina Apicella Tina Apicella ... Maria Cecconi
Gastone Renzelli Gastone Renzelli ... Spartaco Cecconi
Tecla Scarano Tecla Scarano ... Tilde Spernanzoni
Lola Braccini Lola Braccini ... Photographer's Wife
Arturo Bragaglia Arturo Bragaglia ... Photographer
Nora Ricci ... Laundry Worker
Vittorina Benvenuti Vittorina Benvenuti
Linda Sini Linda Sini ... Mimmetta
Teresa Battaggi Teresa Battaggi ... Snob Mother
Gisella Monaldi Gisella Monaldi ... Door-keeper
Amalia Pellegrini Amalia Pellegrini
Luciana Ricci Luciana Ricci
Giuseppina Arena Giuseppina Arena
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

October 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bellísima See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A comparatively minor work of neo-realism.
29 June 2017 | by avik-basu1889See all my reviews

This is the 3rd Luchino Visconti film that I've watched, the other two being 'Ossessione' and 'La Terra Trema'. What's interesting about these 3 films is that although all of them contain the quintessential neo-realist backdrop of post war Italian helplessness and melancholy, each of them have a distinct and separate tone to them. 'Ossessione' was an erotic thriller and 'La Terra Trema' was a socially conscious family drama. 'Bellissima' on the other hand has a much more lighthearted comedic tone. The central element of a mother desperately wanting her daughter to win a talent contest serves the same thematic purpose as the actual bicycle in De Sica's 'Bicycle Thieves'. It represents something deeper about the mother and also the post war Italian working class in general. The film also features a really confident, assertive and dynamic performance by the great Anna Magnani. She drives the film forward through sheer personality. However having said all that, I don't think 'Bellissima' comes anywhere close to reaching the heights of 'Ossessione' and 'La Terra Trema' which I think are masterpieces. It's worth a watch, but I don't think it is a film to desperately seek out.


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