Classic Movie Hub (CMH)


November 09, 2018 <m>(Friday)
National Gallery of Art
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Washington, D. C., District of Columbia 20565 (US)

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November 9 at 2:30
East Building Auditorium

A departure for Visconti, Bellissima's script by Cesare Zavattini and Suso Cecchi d'Amico is a vehicle for force-of-nature actress Anna Magnani as Maddalena Cecconi, a stage mother determined to get her young daughter cast in a film at the Cinecitta studio. Not only a lampoon of the Italian film industry, Bellissima is also a portrayal of Roman working-class life at mid-century. "It isn't lost on Visconti that his drama of life in and around a gritty Roman courtyard is the product of great expense and conspicuous luxury; in fact, that paradox is the very subject of the film" - Richard Brody. (1951, subtitles, 108 minutes)

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