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The Awakening (1956)

Suor Letizia (original title)
A Roman nun who was a missionary in Africa for 20 years is sent to a convent near Naples where she grows very fond of a boy whose father has died. The child's mother is about to leave him ... See full summary »

Director:

Mario Camerini

Writers:

Antonio Altoviti (story and writer), Siro Angeli | 11 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Magnani ... Suor Letizia
Eleonora Rossi Drago ... Assunta - madre di Salvatore
Antonio Cifariello ... Peppino
Bruna Cealti Bruna Cealti
Bianca Doria Bianca Doria ... Concetta
Margo Mannelli Margo Mannelli ... (as Mary Manelli)
Lina Tartara Minora Lina Tartara Minora ... Suor Agnese (as Lina Minora)
Leonilde Montesi Leonilde Montesi ... Suor Vincenza
Myriam Pisani Myriam Pisani
Luisa Rossi Luisa Rossi ... La zia di Salvatore
Sara Simoni Sara Simoni
Aristide Catani Aristide Catani ... (as Aristide Catoni)
Paolo Ferrara Paolo Ferrara ... Il sindaco
Nicola Maldacea Nicola Maldacea
Ugo Mari Ugo Mari
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A Roman nun who was a missionary in Africa for 20 years is sent to a convent near Naples where she grows very fond of a boy whose father has died. The child's mother is about to leave him to follow a worker she is in love with who has decided to emigrate to America. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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To be in the Habit!
24 May 2020 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

Through the decades we have had our heartstrings tugged by many actresses playing nuns but I never thought to see Anna Magnani donning the Habit. Very few in fact have seen her dressed like this as the film was destined to sink without trace. It is a tender, heartfelt piece depicting the emotional conflict between a nun's vows and her motherly instincts towards a child whose father is dead and whose mother is neglectful. As with most Italian films there is a veritable phalanx of writers involved notably Zavattini and director Camerini with a simply glorious score by Lavagnino. Although the film was not recognised Magnani picked up yet another Nastro d'Argento for her splendid performance. I would suggest your keeping a box of Kleenex handy for the final scenes unless of course you possess a heart of stone.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 October 1956 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Awakening See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rizzoli Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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