Anna Magnani stars as a stage mother in a film that 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. Visconti explains, “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.”

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Friday, November 2, 2018 7 p.m.

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Luchino Visconti
Italian with English subtitles
Running Time
108 minutes
35mm, B/W