L'Amore (film)

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L'Amore 1948.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Produced by Roberto Rossellini
Written by Roberto Rossellini
Federico Fellini
Jean Cocteau
Starring Anna Magnani
Federico Fellini
Music by Renzo Rossellini
Distributed by Joseph Burstyn (US)
Release date
August 1948 (Venice Film Festival)
February 1950 (US)
Running time
70 minutes

L'Amore (1948) is an Italian anthology film directed by Roberto Rossellini starring Anna Magnani and Federico Fellini.[1]

The film opened to considerable controversy in the United States, which led to a lengthy legal dispute, Joseph Burstyn, Inc. v. Wilson, that ended up in the Supreme Court of the United States that ruled in 1952 that film as a form of expression was protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.[2]

In the United States the film was first exhibited in New York City in November 1950. In December, The Ways of Love was voted the best foreign language film of 1950 by the New York Film Critics Circle.[citation needed] The film was condemned by the National Legion of Decency in 1951 and became a catalyst for a Supreme Court decision on censorship and First Amendment freedom of speech issues.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Amore (1948)". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Text of Joseph Burstyn, Inc v. Wilson , 343 U.S. 495 (1952) is available from:  Findlaw  BC 

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