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Jan 14, 2022

In Part 1 of our Anna Magnani Sampler, we explore a range of the legendary Italian actress's modes and moods: from the neorealism of Rossellini's Rome, Open City (1945) to the postmodernism of Renoir's The Golden Coach (1952); from a working-class mother's tragi-comic attempt to make her daughter into a neorealist child star in Visconti's Bellissima (1951) to an ex-prostitute's tragi-heroic attempt to keep history from repeating itself with her equally stymied and frustrated sister in Dieterle's Vulcano (1950). Larger-than-life? True-to-life? The definition or antithesis of a star? We try to get a grip on the mercurial Magnani. 


Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:                Rome: Open City (1945) [dir. Roberto Rossellini]

0h 24m 56s:                Vulcano (1950) [dir. William Dieterle]

0h 42m 54s:                Bellissima (1951) [dir. Luchino Visconti]

0h 57m 23s:                The Golden Coach (1952) [dir. Jean Renoir]



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