Film director Blasetti is looking for a little girl for his new movie. Along with other mothers, Maddelena takes her daugther to Cinecittà, hoping she’ll be selected and become a star. She is ready to sacrifice anything for little Maria.
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I particularly liked the opposition Cinema/Reality in the film. Right after having seen Howard Hawks's Red River on the big screen of the nearby drive-in, Anna Magnani is courted by an assistant on the edge of a Roman river. But the assistant isn't Montgomery Clift and the water is cold as ice. Highly recommended.
Ah... Visconti, Visconti... You never cease to amaze me with your cinematic genius... This quintessential piece of Italian Neorealist cinema showcases the 1950s Italian culture that survives amongst the rubble in postwar Italy. Anna Magnani delivers an excellent performance... a memorable film not only for its well-written dialogue but also, for its artful cinematography/editing/sound... Truly, a masterpiece. !Bravo!
Going in cold to the cinema last night I was not expecting a neorealist Toddlers and Tiaras. Good film to see with a crowd as the hysterics build and the audience's responses along with it. It cannot be overstated how good Magnani is here, with impeccable comedic timing. I was less convinced by the concluding sympathetic notes and the notion that there can be any humanity left after showbiz. Almodovar must be a fan
This film leaves me quite speechless. It is unrelenting in its drive, like Anna Magnani's portrayal of the mother (Maddalena). A tragic story told with lots of humour and a morally victorious ending. I love when Maddalena comments disdainfully on the young woman wearing trousers - brilliant. A very worthy film to watch and experience.
Anna Magnani, with her perfect stature for this role, dominating the film. My first neo-realist film in a cinema and it was worth it, as it chased away all the monotony I started to see in these films.
It may be one of the smallest films by Visconti, humble movie with all neorealism elements, but its probably the Visconti film which i connected myself better with, the eternal mamma proving dignity and love for her daughter, touching.