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

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Director
Luchino Visconti
Released
1951
Language
Italian with English subtitles
Country
Italy
Running Time
108 minutes
Format
35mm, B/W