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Film Programs

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 Cinecittà 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, 35mm, subtitles, 108 minutes)

Film Programs

The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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