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Bellissima (film)

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Bellissima (film)

File: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
Editing by Mario Serandrei
Release date(s) 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 is about and was shot at the Cinecittà studios. Alessandro Blasetti, a contemporary film director, appears as himself.

Bellissima is a satire of the film industry, and centers on a working-class mother in Rome, Maddalena (Anna Magnani), who drags her young daughter (Tina Apicella) to Cinecittà for the "Prettiest Girl in Rome" contest. Maddalena is a stage mother who loves movies and whose efforts to promote her daughter grow increasingly frenzied.


  • Anna Magnani - Maddalena Cecconi
  • Walter Chiari - Alberto Annovazzi
  • Tina Apicella - Maria Cecconi
  • Gastone Renzelli - Spartaco Cecconi
  • Tecla Scarano - Tilde Spernanzoni
  • Lola Braccini - The wife of the photographer
  • Anton Giulio Bragaglia - The photographer
  • Nora Ricci - The laundry girl
  • Vittorina Benvenuti
  • Linda Sini - Mimmetta
  • Teresa Battaggi - The snob mother
  • Gisella Monaldi - The concierge
  • Amalia Pellegrini


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • review
  • DVDbeaver review

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