Welcoming remarkds by Mr. Federico Ciattaglia, Consul General of Italy in Houston
Starring Anna Magnani as a stage mother, Bellissima romanticizes the power of celluloid dreams and delivers a cuttingly cynical takedown of the industry. A casting call for child actors floods the studio with starry-eyed participants, including Magnani’s working-class Roman nurse and her daughter.
“I wanted to draw a portrait of a modern woman . . . It has been said that I put irony and sarcasm into the portrayal of a woman’s environment, but it wasn’t so: This was only a consequence.” —Luchino Visconti