Anna (1951 film)
|Directed by||Alberto Lattuada|
|Produced by||Dino De Laurentiis
|Written by||Giuseppe Berto
|Music by||Nino Rota|
|Edited by||Gabriele Varriale|
|Release date(s)||20 December 1951|
|Running time||107 minutes|
Anna is a 1951 Italian drama film directed by Alberto Lattuada and starring the same trio as Bitter Rice: Silvana Mangano as Anna, the sinner who becomes a nun; Raf Vallone as Andrea, the rich man who loves her; and Vittorio Gassman as Vittorio, the wicked waiter who sets Anna on a dangerous path.
Silvana Mangano's real sister, Patrizia Mangano, acts as Anna's sister on the film. Sophia Loren has a small uncredited role as a nightclub assistant. Future film directors Franco Brusati and Dino Risi cowrote the script.
The film features the songs Non Dimenticar and El Negro Zumbon, a samba popularised in the West as "Anna", and recorded most recently by Pink Martini.
A man (Vallone) suffers a car accident. He's taken to hospital, where Sister Anna (Mangano) takes care of him. The man is the reason Anna became a nun. She remembers the days she was leading a life of sin as a night club singer.
Anna is one of the greatest successes of Italian cinema. El Negro Zumbon became a classic in Italy and Spain. Nanni Moretti paid a tribute in Dear Diary, in which the song is shown on a TV, and the opening of the song is featured in Cinema Paradiso.
In the original Italian version, the voices of many actors in the film are dubbed:
- Silvana Mangano: Lydia Simoneschi, the queen of Italian dubbing, who also dubbed her in Bitter Rice, Outlaw Girl, Mambo and Ulysses; Simoneschi is particularly known for having dubbed Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Jennifer Jones, Vivien Leigh in Gone with the wind and so on
- Vittorio Gassman: Gualtiero De Angelis, the official Italian voice for James Stewart, Dean Martin or Cary Grant
- Raf Vallone: Mario Pisu, best known for having dubbed all of the Fred McMurray's Disney films (except for The Shaggy Dog)
- Gaby Morlay: Tina Lattanzi, the official Italian voice for Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and Disney villains (until 1959)
- Tina Lattanzi herself appears in the film as Andrea's mother and she is dubbed by Giovanna Scotto!
- Other very known voices we can hear in this film are: Emilio Cigoli (Gregory Peck, John Wayne, Clark Gable), Giuseppe Rinaldi (Rock Hudson, Jack Lemmon, Paul Newman), Rosetta Calavetta (Marilyn Monroe from approximately 1954, Doris Day, Lana Turner), Miranda Bonansea (Marilyn Monroe until approximately 1954, Shirley Temple, June Allyson)