Bellissima (film)

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Bellissima poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Luchino Visconti
Written by Cesare Zavattini
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Francesco Rosi
Luchino Visconti
Starring Anna Magnani
Walter Chiari
Tina Apicella
Gastone Renzelli
Tecla Scarano
Arturo Bragaglia
Alessandro Blasetti
Music by Franco Mannino, inspired by Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore
Cinematography Piero Portalupi
Edited by Mario Serandrei
Release date
27 December 1951
Running time
115 minutes {release version}
Country Italy
Language Italian

Bellissima (1951) is an Italian neorealism film by Italian director Luchino Visconti. The film, which is a satire of the film industry, was shot at the Cinecittà studios. Alessandro Blasetti, a contemporary film director, appears as himself. Bellissima is the only feature film in Visconti's oeuvre with a predominantly comic tone.


Bellissima centers on a working-class mother in Rome, Maddalena (Anna Magnani), who drags her young daughter (Tina Apicella) to Cinecittà to attend an audition for a new film by Alessandro Blasetti. Maddalena is a stage mother who loves movies and whose efforts to promote her daughter grow increasingly frenzied.



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