Anna (1951 film)
|Directed by||Alberto Lattuada|
Dino De Laurentiis|
|Music by||Nino Rota|
|Edited by||Gabriele Varriale|
|20 December 1951|
Anna is a 1951 Italian melodrama 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 in the film. Sophia Loren has a small uncredited role as a nightclub assistant. Future film directors Franco Brusati and Dino Risi cowrote the script.
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 Zumbón" 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, who also dubbed her in Bitter Rice, Outlaw Girl, Mambo and Ulysses; Simoneschi is also known for having dubbed Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Jennifer Jones, and Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind.
- Vittorio Gassman: Gualtiero De Angelis, the official Italian voice for James Stewart, Dean Martin and Cary Grant
- Raf Vallone: Mario Pisu, best known for having dubbed all of 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 appears in the film as Andrea's mother, and she is dubbed by Giovanna Scotto.
- Other voices heard in this film are: Emilio Cigoli (who also dubbed for Gregory Peck, John Wayne and Clark Gable); Giuseppe Rinaldi (who also dubbed for Rock Hudson, Jack Lemmon and Paul Newman); Rosetta Calavetta (who also dubbed for Marilyn Monroe after approximately 1954, Doris Day and Lana Turner); and Miranda Bonansea (who also dubbed for Marilyn Monroe until approximately 1954, Shirley Temple and June Allyson).