65 years ago Bellissima with Anna Magnani and Walter Chiari: the locations of the film
On december 28, 1951, the premiere of the film Bellissima at Cinema Manzoni in Milan. Then the film will be released in the rest of Italy at the beginning of 1952.
The film, directed by Luchino Visconti, is taken from a story by Cesare Zavattini.
Bellissima is one of the great masterpieces of Italian cinema, selected among the Hundred Italian films to save.
The film offers us a raw and realistic representation of the world of cinema. But also of the miseries and contradictions of the popular world. A people seen outside every lyric representation. A film that plunges into the neorealist culture, but transcends it in clear and decisive way.
The film had not at that time in Italy a great commercial success.
Unlike the outcome abroad, where Bellissima recorded extraordinary results. From France, where it was introduced in July 1952, to South America to the United States, where the film was shown on May 1953 getting a triumphal reception.
Extraordinary interpretation of Anna Magnani in Maddalena Cecconi's shoes. A mother who does everything to try to introduce her little daughter in the movie business. To open to her little girl the doors of a career to which she had vainly aspired.
The performance earned Anna Magnani Silver Ribbon for Best Actress.
Big actor Walter Chiari who plays Alberto Annovazzi, ambiguous character who works in the world of cinema undergrowth. Deludes Maddalena Cecconi (Anna Magnani) to be able to promote her aspirations to get her little girl in the movie business.
The famous scene in the movie with Walter Chiari and Anna Magnani, set on the shore of the Tiber, but filmed in the Cinecittà studios, is one of the classics of Italian cinema.
The film was shot in Rome part indoors and part outdoors. Below are the main locations with relative frames of the film.
Al Biondo Tevere - Via Ostiense, 178
Via Alberto da Giussano
Porta San Paolo